Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is deploying cameras to ensure employees maintain social distancing while at work.
Relying on a 50-inch monitor, camera, computer, and AI software, when employees walk past the cameras positioned in high trafficked areas a monitor displays a live feed with visual overlays showing if employees are a safe distance from one another. If they are, they will be highlighted on the monitor with a green circle if they are too close a red circle will appear around their image.
"The on-screen indicators are designed to remind and encourage associates to maintain appropriate distance from others. The self-contained device requires only a standard electrical outlet, and can be quickly deployed to building entrances and other high-visibility areas," Amazon wrote in the blog.
The company's first "Distance Assistants" are live in a few of Amazon's offices but it plans to deploy hundreds of the units during the coming weeks. Amazon also wants to share the technology with other businesses, saying in the blog it's in the process of making the software and AI behind the system open source.
Faced with criticism that Amazon didn't do enough to protect workers from the COVID-19 disease, the e-commerce giant has been placing an emphasis on ensuring employees adhere to its social distancing rules. It even went as far as to warn employees back in April that they could face disciplinary measures if they didn't stay at least 6 feet apart. Employees get a write up for the first violation, and a second could get them fired.