Surveillance Company Says It’s Deploying ‘Coronavirus-Detecting’ Cameras In US

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Surveillance Company Says It’s Deploying ‘Coronavirus-Detecting’ Cameras In US (vice.com)






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from the just-what-we-need-more-cameras dept.

An Austin, Texas based technology company is launching “artificially intelligent thermal cameras” that it claims will be able to detect fevers in people, and in turn send an alert that they may be carrying the coronavirus. Motherboard reports: Athena Security is pitching the product to be used in grocery stores, hospitals, and voting locations. It claims to be deploying the product at several customer locations over the coming weeks, including government agencies, airports, and large Fortune 500 companies. “Our Fever Detection COVID19 Screening System is now a part of our platform along with our gun detection system which connects directly to your current security camera system to deliver fast, accurate threat detection,” Athena’s website reads. Athena previously sold software that it claims can detect guns and knives in video feeds and then send alerts to an app or security system.

“The AI detects it, and it says I have a 99.5 degrees temperature. It notices that I have a fever, and that I am infected,” an Athena employee says during a video demonstration of the product. “Since higher temperature is one of the first symptoms, these cameras can be life-saving” warning the person that they could have the virus and encouraging that person to take serious steps to self-quarantine,” the representative added in an email, suggesting that the company could deploy them at polling locations. “Although many voters today are bound to get it, steps in the coming weeks could prevent them from spreading the bug to loved ones and strangers alike.” The representative claimed that the software is accurate within half a degree and that it detects a dozen different parts on the body. They added the system has “no facial recognition, no personal tracking.”



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