Construction safety software provider Smartvid.io is releasing April 6 a new application for Vinnie, the company’s AI interface, that will be able to determine when workers on construction jobsites have not been practicing social distancing.
Using any cameras that Smartvid.io can connect to, Vinnie will be able to work as a virtual safety inspector and determine the distance between any two workers, said Josh Kanner, CEO of Smartvid.io.Kanner said the goal of. the new function is to prevent workers from getting sick from COVID-19 by using real-time updates or a daily report to indicate how often workers were in too close proximity. Sites with more cameras would benefit from having more spots covered.
Although Smartvid.io can use cameras around the jobsite, Kanner said, it’s important to note areas without cameras cannot be aided by Vinnie. Portable toilets or freight elevators that don’t normally have cameras would not be monitored by Vinnie, so other measures need to be in place.Most areas where work is being carried out, however, can easily be monitored, he said.