As businesses across much of the globe look to return to the office, technology companies helping create COVID safe workplaces are seeing a rush in investment.
AI-enabled visual intelligence software, AnyVision recently announced it’s secured $US43 million in funding to scale its touchless access control and remote authentication products.
While major tech firms may well be extending their work from home policies, other industries, such as the finance sector are looking to expedite employees’ return to the office.
But in the post pandemic economy the traditional office will need a significant overhaul to prevent possible infection and meet employee and strict health regulation demands.
Tech company, AnyVision for example uses facial recognition to identify people as they approach a physical point of entry, allowing them to enter a space without slowing down or interacting with doorknobs, terminals, or other shared touchpoints.
Another is POM Tracer, a wearable device that keeps track of and alerts people if they are breaching safe social distancing requirements, as well as providing immediate contact-tracing reports when someone tests positive for COVID-19.
AnyVision says it’s predicting significant growth in the space as companies come to terms with new COVID safe operating conditions – with particularly strong demand within banking, travel, healthcare and online gaming services.
AnyVision Chief Operating Officer, Alex Zilberman says the technology’s algorithm is trained on diverse data sets to deliver accurate recognition with or without masks, as well as maintain privacy.
“Our technology was engineered to protect individual privacy and eliminate risk from data breaches by storing only a mathematical vector of a person’s face, making it impossible to trace back to a users’ identity,” he says.
“With this additional funding, AnyVision will accelerate the delivery of these critical capabilities for businesses that are reimagining the way people access physical spaces and virtual services.”