Given COVID-19 spread around the world, the importance of maintaining health is further understood through maintaining social distancing as when one coughs, sneezes or speaks, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth, which may contain the virus. If someone is too close to a person, he or she can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus. This project proposes an approach to provide a real-time computer vision and deep learning method for inspection of social distancing as well as optimizing production operations while non-essential personnel, i.e. operations managers and manufacturing/production engineers, work remotely for manufacturing organizations. It will be the ideal solution for Canadian manufacturers that are re-starting production post-COVID-19 ensuring that worker safety is maintained without sacrificing production output and quality.

The bandwidth bottleneck has become worse post-COVID-19 as more people are working from home and thereby taking up much bandwidth. Small manufacturers, who cannot afford high-speed internet, are more critically impacted by this limitation. Hence, the goal of this project is to move video processing from the cloud to manufacturing sites via a reliable gateway device design and deployment that does not sacrifice quality and reliability for speed. This means videos do not have to be streamed to the cloud, and only the vital information extracted from the video feeds will be uploaded. Therefore, data transfer to the cloud can be accomplished with low internet bandwidth to ensure live-stream video feeds can be processed in near real-time without loss of quality or reliability for the required monitoring systems at hand.

Industry Partner(s):IFIVEO Canada Inc.

Academic Institution:University of Windsor

Academic Researcher: Rahimi, Afshin

Focus Areas: COVID-19

Platforms: GPU