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I don't like it when you get too close: IIT Kharagpur's develops proximity warning system

PTI
Published : Jun 13, 2020, 11:15 pm IST
Updated : Jun 13, 2020, 11:15 pm IST

The device will play an alert through audio output, whenever any violation of the social distancing norms occurs.

The AI-based system captures images of the field view and computes the distance as per criteria set by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In this representative image, people enjoy the warm weather on the beach in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, June 13, 2020. The Spanish government has announced that the northwestern region of Galicia will move next week to what the government calls
 The AI-based system captures images of the field view and computes the distance as per criteria set by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In this representative image, people enjoy the warm weather on the beach in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, June 13, 2020. The Spanish government has announced that the northwestern region of Galicia will move next week to what the government calls "the new normal," when some rules, such as wearing face masks when social distancing is not possible, will remain in place. (Photo | AP)

Kolkata: A group of researchers at IIT-Kharagpur has developed a cyber-physical system that uses artificial intelligence for monitoring social distancing in public places, an official said on Saturday.

The team, under the leadership of professor Debashish Chakravarty and professor Aditya Bandopadhyay, has engineered a low-cost device which can detect the gap between individuals, a spokesperson of IIT-KGP said.

 

“The device will play a proximity alert sound through audio output, whenever any violation of the social distancing norms occurs. It captures images of the field view and computes the distance as per criteria set by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,” a member of the research group said.

The researchers had focused on the ease of deployment of such a device in remote places and curtailing the cost by using inexpensive and easily accessible hardware materials, he said.

Students have come up with the device leveraging readily-available hardware while the lockdown was in place, the spokesperson said.

The system has been successfully tested by installing three prototypes of the device within the IIT-Kharagpur campus.

 

Tags: social distancing, tracking, artificial intelligence (ai)