Hanwha Brings Occupancy Monitoring, Mask Detection to P-Series AI Cameras

Designed to help businesses reopen, the occupancy monitoring and mask detection analytics run completely in-camera and are license-free.

TEANECK, N.J. — Hanwha Techwin America introduces a new occupancy monitoring system and mask detection analytic for its P-Series AI cameras.

The license-free occupancy monitoring solution uses AI to accurately detect and count people entering and exiting premises from multiple entrances while dynamically displaying the current occupancy level for customers and staff, according to the company.

Mask detection analytics detect if masks are worn or worn improperly and send out alerts including customizable audio messages directly from the cameras.

The Occupancy Monitoring System is a serverless design and runs completely in-camera, on the edge, which Hanwha says is an industry first.

When the maximum occupancy of an area is reached, the application automatically displays a red “Wait” message along with the number of people currently inside to help customers conform to social distancing policy. When numbers are below the threshold, a green “Welcome” message is displayed.

The public-facing display messages are customizable and can include the name of the business in addition to “stop” or “go” indicators. The system can also generate alarm outputs to control automatic doors and traffic beacons for additional control.

The deep learning AI technology allows new P-Series cameras to be mounted in traditional surveillance positions, as opposed to traditional people counting solutions which usually require cameras to be mounted overhead. The cameras also provide additional business intelligence for calculating conversion rates based on footfall and purchasing activity.

The system can aggregate and process data from multiple cameras making it well-suited for buildings with multiple entry and exit points.

The serverless design requires that one camera is designated as master while additional occupancy monitoring cameras are registered with the master to maintain an accurate count. The display can either be driven by a decoder with HDMI output or a small PC displaying a full screen browser in kiosk mode.

“Our latest P-Series AI cameras bring incredible power to the edge and our occupancy monitoring application is an excellent example,” says Ray Cooke, vice president – products, solutions and integration, Hanwha Techwin America. “By negating the need for a dedicated server, end users can significantly reduce costs and simplify their system while benefiting from the highest accuracy and quality.”

The new Face Mask Detection AI attribute can detect whether face masks are worn or not. If a person enters an area without a face mask or improperly wearing a face mask, the camera can automatically play a customized audio message asking them to comply with the policy.

It can also trigger an alarm event which can be used to activate a beacon or access control system. Hanwha Techwin’s Wisenet Wave VMS can receive mask detection alerts making it easier for operators to verify if there has been an infringement of mask wearing rules. The camera can detect up to 10 masks per second to a maximum distance of 5 meters (16ft) depending on mounting angle, according to the company.

The new Wisenet Occupancy Monitoring system and Mask Detection analytic is compatible with the following cameras:

  • PNB-A9001 – 4K AI box camera
  • PNO-A9081R – 4K AI bullet camera with built-in IR illumination
  • PNV-A9081R – 4K AI vandal-resistant dome camera with built-in IR illumination
  • PND-A9081RF – 4K AI flush-mount dome camera with built-in IR illumination
  • PND-A9081RV – 4K AI dome camera with built-in IR illumination

Hanwha Techwin also reveals a new AI-based face mask application has been developed by technology partner a2 Technology and is now available for Hanwha’s X-Series cameras.

“As businesses re-open their doors, it’s never been more important for customers to see and feel that adequate precautions have been implemented to enable a safe experience. This peace of mind is crucial to building and maintaining trust and confidence in our customers’ brands,” adds Cooke.

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