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COVID-19: Facial Attendance System embedded with Temperature Recording
March 18, 2020 News


With half the world in lockdown due to COVID-19, many employees now have to work from home. But there are still several countries, including a few in Southeast Asia that are not in lockdown but are taking measures to curb the spread of the virus. Some employees still have to go to work, and the fear most companies are having is what happens if all their employees get infected.

To avoid this, many offices are now taking temperature measurements of their employees as they arrive to work. Security personnel scan the temperature of employees using thermal or temperature scanners to record temperatures of those entering buildings. As much as this process is required, it is a rather tedious process, for both employees and employers as well.

Companies are now taking more steps to detect the virus and reduce its spread. The Ramco Innovation Lab in Singapore unveiled an advanced facial recognition-based system that can not only record time and attendance but is also embedded with temperature recording and IoT sensor doors to enable companies to move towards a ‘Touch-less’ attendance and workplace access.

Ramco will make available these services and devices at a subsidised basis to local enterprises in Singapore (above 250+ employees) to express its gratitude to Singapore, where the Innovation Lab is based.

The device drew upon its own facial recognition-based attendance system deployed across multiple organisations, globally and combined it with a thermal imaging device for temperature measurement as well as other associated software. This enables organisations to track staff or visitors with high temperatures that may indicate infection and build in operating procedures to avoid further contaminations caused by finger/thumb based biometric scanners.

The RamcoGEEK capturing can do the following:

  • Detect and match the faces of staff members and mark their attendance along with temperature; where facial based attendance is a privacy concern, enterprises can replace it with Voice to register access
  • System is linked to an IoT sensor powered door which can restrict access in case the temperature is higher than normal, and auto-apply leave on behalf of the employee
  • Communicate the information to HR and management in real-time
  • Track the movements of a high-temperature staff in the workplace
  • Send notifications when RamcoGEEK encounters a person with a very high temperature to the Facility Manager / Facility Admin
  • Track the movement of that person within that premise
  • Send notifications / Alerts to all those employees, customers, vendors and others interacted with in person, in the event any person develops COVID-19 symptoms/ diagnosed
  • Reverse tracing can also be initiated based on data around positive COVID-19 cases from external environment – for instance, a positive case of COVID-19 at a restaurant can alert all employees who have dined at the restaurant to be quarantined (based on bills raised)
  • Help HR set up its own procedures to seek recent movements of the affected person, based on the information provided by the attendance system

Importantly, these data could be stored in an organisation’s premises or could leverage Ramco’s cloud for storing the same.

“We have a major global health pandemic that has affected many. The spread of the disease has brought the focus back on Hygiene and Health of Employees. We built this application to help better address a crisis through technology. Robust containment through a robust attendance and access system with zero contact and temperature measurement can be key to avoid easy spread of the virus that may take place with Biometric access system” said Virender Aggarwal, CEO Ramco Systems.