Agrex.ai has developed AI-enabled thermal cameras to aid early detection of COVID-19 and combat the spread of the virus.
As the deadly pandemic covering the world, the global healthcare sector has been under great distress. Early detection of COVID-19 symptoms can help in curbing the spread of the virus and perhaps also save lives. And therefore this a video analytics company, Agrex.ai’s developed a thermal sensor-based detection system aka thermal cameras, which is capable of scanning a large number of people from a distance up to 20 metres.
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Agree.ai aims to help organisations derive operational intelligence, monitor compliance and automate visual surveillance. The advanced thermal camera comes with a ready to use plug and play system, which can be set up within 10 minutes. The camera can also scan temperature within a fraction of seconds eliminating the need to stop and scan each person individually, which in turn, enables users to examine 80-100 people in one minute, ensuring fast data collection.
Commenting on this Arush Kakkar, founder of Agrex.ai said, “Keeping in mind the precautionary measures that firms are taking to ensure smooth functioning once people start accessing public places, we have started taking orders for installing devices across various locations.”
The company is currently having an order of 50 units of the thermal cameras and are also in talks with hotels, hospitals, and most significant malls in Delhi for installing the device. “We have also shared proposals with Municipal Corporations of multiple cities,” added Kakkar.
He further added, “Our devices have already been installed in a few co-working spaces like Incuspaze and also in a few IT Parks as a safety measure. We see a growing demand for the thermal camera across locations like hospitals, metros, railway stations, airports and other locations that witness the large public movements.”
Explaining the process, Kakkar stated, Considering one of the early-stage symptoms of COVID – 19 is a high body temperature, thermal cameras have been designed to convert infrared radiations into detectable pixel values and generate an audio-visual alert. Such development helps in identifying potential cases early on and reduces the chances of spreading the virus.
In order to ensure that no false alarms are raised, the thermal cameras are equipped with an artificial intelligence-based system to detect humans and measure temperature from the face.
Mohit Srivastava, the chief operating officer of Incuspaze, commented on this precautionary measure and said, “This is a very challenging time for the entire world, and we understand that coming back from this setback is going to be tough.”
“People will have to adapt to a new normal which would mean that people will remain vigilant and will still be fearful of catching the virus when they come back to work,” added Srivastava.
However, AI-powered thermal cameras will help reduce stress as this will go a long way in detecting any anomalies in body temperature, which is usually the first response from the human body to fight any pathogen.
Such high-end thermal cameras to scan and flag people whose body temperature is higher than average will help in containing the spread of the virus after the lockdown is lifted.
In addition to thermal cameras, Agrex.ai is also developing business Intelligence, compliance monitoring and surveillance solutions and caters to clients in the retail, manufacturing and security space. The advanced video intelligence solutions of the company are proficient at increasing efficiency, reducing costs and optimising resource effectiveness for the clients. Also, it is cost-effective and done in a non-invasive way leading to massive value for the products and services.