CCTV cameras using artificial intelligence to prevent shoppers not wearing masks from entering stores are being rolled out across the UK.
As new coronavirus cases continue to skyrocket to unprecedented levels across the country, retailers are looking to new technologies to help them tackle non-compliance with mask rules in their stores.
The new system, uses AI to determine if a customer approaching the door of a store is wearing a mask across their nose and mouth.
Customers wearing a mask will then be shown a green light and allowed to enter the store, while those not wearing a mask or not covering their nose and mouth properly will be shown a red light and refused entry.
The system is currently being trialled at Whiteley’s Garden Centre in Yorkshire, where the technology has driven a 50 per cent reduction in customer non-compliance.
While the system is still only in a trial phase, there is likely to be significant demand from the retail sector which has seen levels of violence against staff skyrocket since mandatory mask rules were implemented.
“The technology is just fantastic; the CCTV system automatically allows or denies access to the shop and means staff don’t have to be put at risk from difficult customers complaining, or potentially worse,” CCTV.com spokesperson James Richey said.
“Retailers are working so hard to stay open during these most difficult times, and this system means staff aren’t in the firing line from customers unhappy about current restrictions.
“The other side of using an automated system is it gives customers worried about the virus confidence as they enter a tightly controlled secure Covid-19 store.”