Face Recognition Startup AnyVision to Deploy Thermal Cameras at Tel Aviv Hospital
The cameras are capable of differentiating between different causes for high temperature and help identify coronavirus cases
In the upcoming days, Israel-based artificial intelligence-based face recognition startup AnyVision Interactive Technologies Ltd. will deploy thermal cameras at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital), the company’s chief operating officer Alex Zilberman told Calcalist. The cameras can measure body temperature from a distance and are capable of determining whether a high temperature is caused by disease or by another cause such as physical activity.
"The system will be able to identify potential coronavirus (Covid-19) carriers at the entrance and before they arrive at locations where they might infect a large number of people," Zilberman said.
Measuring body temperature at the entrance to hospitals and shopping centers has become a routine measure throughout the world since the outbreak of coronavirus. However, current tests are done manually and one at a time, two issues addressed by AnyVision's system. In addition, the commonly used thermometer guns only measure the temperature of the face and cannot differentiate between the different causes that could bring the temperature up. This being the case, a person arriving at his destination after a bike ride, might be mistaken to be ill.
AnyVision's system is based on MiniPOP thermal cameras provided by Israeli government-owned defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The technology was originally developed for military warships and drones.
What is special about the system is the ability to use the heat pattern created by the body to understand the reason its temperature went up, said Zilberman. “In the future, we will be able to use this system wherever there are large public gatherings, like airports, stadiums and train stations and passively check who has a fever," he added.
Founded in 2015, AnyVision develops software for real-time face and object recognition in large crowds, using AI and machine learning algorithms. The company’s technology can interface with security cameras for security at airports and stadiums, also offering service to the private sector, including retailers.
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According to Zilberman, the thermal system does not have any face recognition privacy issues as the photos collected are taken by a thermal camera making it impossible to identify the people pictured in them. "This is not a security camera or face recognition tech," Zilberman said. "There is no way to take these videos and use them to identify a person. The technology does not allow it. There is no feature that someone can pay for and then identify people. It is impossible."