Keep Your Distance with the Social Distance Detector
Remember the time, in the not-so-distant past, when you did not need to wear masks or to practice social distancing? When you would meet up with friends at your favorite restaurant, take in a concert, wander through a museum, or just plain go to the office to work?
Well, the folks at the Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s Technology Committee in conjunction with Strata.ai has developed a software that will enable businesses to reopen safely and effectively. Social Distancing Detector, or SDD for short, is a machine learning program that uses computer vision to help maintain social distancing.
The non-intrusive software application can analyze and identify if people are at a safe distance without recording facial recognition, personal information, and respecting individual privacy all in actual time. “The beauty here is that Strata.ai’s Social Distancing Detector is simple, easy-to-deploy, non-intrusive, and secure.
Its current design reminds me of the flashing speed indicator displays that make streets safer by reminding drivers to observe the speed limits,” said Yuda Saydun, President of CyVent Cybersecurity, and Chair of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s Technology Committee.
Free to the public, SDD’s technology will allow businesses in the South Florida area to reopen safely without having a financial impact on the business’ bottom line. SDD can be used in retail locations, public spaces, or any high-foot-trafficked areas.
“With small businesses employing nearly half of all Florida’s workforce, we wanted to provide a no-cost solution harnessing the latest in artificial intelligence to enable the safe, scalable, and successful reopening of our economy,” said Charles Irizarry, CEO and Co-Founder of Strata.ai.
“The idea of this tool is to display the video feedback into the open space so the people there can self-govern. However, in the end, it depends on the business on how they want to use it and enforce any of the alerts,” said Irizarry.
Created with the film and television industry in mind to aid in preserving the health and wellness of the cast and crew, SDD is seen as a valuable tool for the rest of the business community. “We believe the SDD can be a valuable tool for production sets, and we encourage people to explore the possible opportunity to ensure people are maintaining proper distancing on sets.
This is not just something that can be used in Florida but for the industry worldwide,” said Gail Morgan, Film Florida President. “Increased collaboration between the members of our Tech Committee, The Beacon Council, and partners like FilMiami and Film Florida allow for innovations like the SDD tool to have the maximum impact, helping businesses across industries reopen safely,” said Michael A. Finney, President and CEO of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council.
“It is important to champion the innovations coming from local businesses like Strata.ai, as we know many important solutions are being developed in our own backyard. Our partners at the Miami-Dade County Film and Entertainment Office understood how valuable this tool could be specifically on production sets, and we are grateful for their help to expand its reach via Film Florida and beyond.”
It’s time to get your business open and back on track and with the aid of the SDD helping to maintain social distancing the process becomes easier; and safer. Businesses will be able to discreetly maintain safe distancing in crowded spaces using the SDD software. But you still will need to wear your mask and practice good hygiene.
Interested in learning more about Social Distancing Detector or to access the open-source tool, visit https://github.com/Strata-ai/Social-Distancing-Detector.
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