The Role Of Public Safety In A Global Health Crisis
While every individual has a role to play in combatting public health threats, as always, there are ways that organizations can utilize their existing investments in new ways to more effectively drive these efforts – and this is no different when it comes to intelligent video surveillance and the Coronavirus.
The Coronavirus pandemic, which is also known as COVID-19 disease, has been declared “a public health emergency of international concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO). The national health departments of countries all over the world are acting swiftly to proactively prevent the spread of the disease as effectively as possible and to preserve the ability of respective health care systems to manage the illness domestically.
Here are key video analytic capabilities playing a role to help protect the public and support prevention of the illness’s spread.
Comply With Public Health Regulations
The public health agencies in countries worldwide are frequently issuing updated best practices and operating protocols, from barring travel to and from certain regions to minimizing gatherings over a certain number of participants. Organizations can seamlessly and continually monitor their occupancy statistics with real-time video content analytic people counting, to facilitate compliance and protect visitors and staff, regardless of the venue.
Enforce Social Distancing
The ability to detect the increase or decrease of people in a predefined area or view is more critical than ever in this age of encouraged social distancing. When organizations leverage intelligent video surveillance, they can configure rule-based alerts to trigger notifications when certain pre-determined threshold quantities of people have been exceeded. This is especially helpful for preventing overcrowding and traffic bottlenecks for queuing scenarios such as grocery markets, pharmacies and in waiting areas, and could directly impact potential exposure to illness. Having real-time, relevant situational awareness maximizes video surveillance and enables monitoring staff to use the feeds and data more effectively and – ultimately – predictively.
Efficient Contact Tracing
As the Coronavirus pandemic accelerates, authorities worldwide are identifying innovative ways to flatten the curve of infection rates. Understanding the interactions between people and the objects in their environment is critical for tracing infected individuals’ contact with their surroundings. Advanced multi-camera search powerfully identifies men, women and children in video with speed and precision; and accurate face recognition can be leveraged to rapidly pinpoint people of interest using digital images extracted from the video or from external sources.
Step-By-Step Guide For Contact Tracing With Video Content Analytics
1. MEDICAL TESTING: Confirm individual has contracted the virus.
2. DIGITAL IMAGING: Add individual to the video content analytics platform for rapid video filtering based on face recognition.
3. TRACKING: Identify appearances of the individual across cameras in an environment.
4. CONTACT TRACING: Pinpoint the people with whom the infected individual came into contact with over the course of the video duration.
5. GUIDANCE: Direct at risk individuals who made contact with the individual to self-isolate.
Reduce Bottlenecks
One way to avoid unnecessary crowding, is by proactively detecting mounting traffic as it forms. By configuring people counting alerts for tight hallways and spaces, operators can monitor and identify potential crowding and react preventively and proactively to mitigate risks by sending personnel to redirect traffic to other walkways or access points or by producing signage that achieves the same effect.

Configuring people counting alerts for tight hallways and spaces

Identify Crowding Hotspots And Trends
Essential businesses can utilize dashboards to visually represent object movement, behaviour trending, hotspots and object interactions. With deeper insight into activity, operators can properly deploy resources, manage traffic patterns and enforce protocols.
Manage Building Maintenance & Cleaning
Organizations can take a more dynamic, quantitative approach to building maintenance by configuring count–based alerts for area entryways and triggering notifications for cleaning crews when more than a certain number of people has entered the space. In this way, operations managers can ensure that the property – especially sensitive areas such as public kitchens and bathrooms – remain clean and disinfected
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