Latest Honeywell Solutions Help Enforce Social Distancing, Mask Guidelines

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ATLANTA — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announces the addition of new solutions to its Healthy Buildings Safety & Security offering that help building owners comply with social distancing and mask guidelines.

Using video analytics enabled with deep-learning algorithms, Honeywell Pro-Watch and MAXPRO NVRs and VMS can now use existing cameras to identify if building occupants are complying with guidelines around social distancing and wearing masks.

The advanced analytics are said to provide an industry-leading level of accuracy, when used in the recommended operating conditions, and can isolate and report any instances of non-compliance to buildings and facility managers, according to a press release.

“Many companies are grappling with how to comply to new guidelines and recommendations like social distancing and wearing masks to keep their workforce safer, and this can be a daunting task for facility managers to handle manually,” says Manish Sharma, vice president and CTO of Honeywell Building Technologies.

Sharma continues, “We’ve long known that video systems can do more than capture and store video feeds of events. We’ve deployed more powerful AI [artificial Intelligence] and ML [machine learning] to help identify trends, track patterns and help building owners better understand how spaces are used. These new solutions by Honeywell aim to give both building managers and tenants the ability to navigate living and working in the new normal.”

Currently, most building operators do not have effective ways of monitoring compliance with social distancing and mask guidelines, according to the company. The Pro-Watch VMS/NVR and MAXPRO VMS/NVR solutions conduct real-time monitoring of people within a building to determine compliance to a building’s customized guidelines.

Building operators can leverage incident management workflows to digitize standard operating procedures based on the events. The easy-to-use interface provides live monitoring and counts the number of people in the field of view of the camera and detects masks. The solutions report on activity throughout the day so owners and managers can identify usage or issue trends and even manage access control if needed based on non-compliance events.

The Honeywell Pro-Watch VMS/NVR and MAXPRO VMS/NVR solutions with deep learning AI capabilities leverage the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit. The social distancing and mask detection metrics will be integrated into the Honeywell #HealthyBuildings Score analytics that provide building owners, operators and occupants with information on key building metrics.

The company’s Healthy Buildings solutions are said to help building owners improve the health of their building environments, operate more cleanly and safely, comply with social distancing policies, and help reassure occupants that it is safe to return to the workplace.

By integrating air quality, safety and security technologies along with advanced analytics, the Healthy Buildings solutions are designed to help building owners minimize potential risks of contamination and ensure business continuity by monitoring both the building environment and building occupants’ behaviors, according to the company.

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