Mask-detecting CCTV cameras can now prevent you entering a store without a mask

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.

READ MORE: No mask, no entry: How to run a high street shop safely post lockdown

“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,” 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.”

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9 Comments. Leave new

  • Chris Harding
    October 20, 2020 9:37 am

    Uh-huh… So those who are exempt can just go fornicate themselves. Hmm!!

  • How does it work out if someone is exempt? What about someone wearing a shield?

  • No one is exempt it’s the law exempt people are selfish , businesses can refuse service to non-mask wearers. This is legal to do A business has the right to refuse service to anyone they deemed A danger to them and other people these vile people that say they’re exempt are these people

    • 70% of new ‘cases’ are those who regularly wear masks. These selfish people are a potential burden on the NHS, and should be denied any hospital care.

    • So people who have breathing difficulties, sensory issues, anxiety, ect are vile? Wow, What a caring attitude.

    • You’re a nice person aren’t you? I just hope no one you know has anxiety, breathing difficilties or any sort of disability that makes wearing a mask difficult or even traumatic.

    • Thats not true, its illegal to discriminate against anyone with a disability for any reason. Under the equality act of 2010 its against the law to refuse service to someone based solely on disability. Refusing those exempt from wearing masks service at a store is likely to result in legal action and stores have been facing compensation claims of between 10 – 25 thousand as a result of their abuse and discrimination towards sick and disabled people.

      Just imagine if you had been diagnosed with asthma, lung cancer, heart failure, etc… All of these conditions make normal breathing difficult.

      I was at hospital recently and was forced to wear a mask to be seen by a doctor and they are having to pay 25 thousand for the abusive way they treated me. Also I was so dizzy wearing the mask I had to lie down. I said to the doctor why am I so dizzy, I feel like I’m going to faint, he said it was the mask that was making me dizzy. He said he would call my husband and ask him to meet us at the entrance to the hospital, the rest of my consultation was outside so I could take the mask off.

      Any shop introducing such discriminatory technology is likely to suffer significant financial losses, paying hundreds of thousands of pounds out in compensation.

  • It’s already been proven the virus particles are smaller than the holes in a cloth mask. The masks do absolutely nothing but instil false hope to those who need to believe in something.

    Scientists are frantically trying to publish their studies on face masks – but surprise surprise they get rejected every time – I wonder why? Is it because the new evidence goes against everything we are told by the “real scientists” advising our British Government? What has Chris Whitty got right so far? Not much.

  • How exactly will non-mask wearers be refused entry? The video just demonstrates a computer voice, which can be readily ignored.

    HikVision is a Chinese company with serious data leakage to the Chinese government issues. No matter how much they claim they will keep data private and secure the fact is that every company and person in China is REQUIRED by law to help the Chinese Communist party. They are the company that supplies their video equipment to the Chinese government to suppress the Uighurs.


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