A new solution from 247Security aims to utilize video and facial recognition to determine a person’s body temperature and screen for potential infections, perhaps even those of children who are attempting to board the school bus. It is but one example of how artificial intelligence is meeting the demands created by the COVID-19 health crisis.

“No names are shared and student and staff privacy is maintained at all times,” Tengwall added. “This infor- mation is useful to gauge the amount of time affected individuals may need to self-quarantine.” Going in another direction is audio-visual consultant

Encompass AV based in Chicago. Encompass is working with AI developer Verkada to make video surveillance footage useful in different applications, such as tracking

and possibly tracing for COVID-19 issues. Mark Higgason, executive vice president for Encompass, pointed out that one of the major uses of AI is to automate a labor- intensive task. He added that the project aims to make the time-consuming job of scrolling through hours, days, even weeks of surveillance easily searchable. “Tracking COVID-19 can be incredibly simplified

because easily searchable footage would allow for the tracking of students and give a general idea of whom they may have come into contact with while on school grounds or during morning and afternoon commutes,” he said. “What you wish to observe is made readily available in seconds, not hours. The information contained in sur- veillance footage has a shelf life. Getting the information into the hands that need it without delay is of the utmost importance and this is exactly what the AI-enhanced cameras allow us to do. In addition, the extremely low bandwidth requirements make it feasible to place camer- as in school buses connected by cellular modems.”

Artificial Intelligence: Full Throttle Ahead Stan Caldwell, the executive director of the Traffic21

Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, commented that video footage may also be used to monitor social distancing of larger groups of students in a school bus

Arrive safe and on time.

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To help students without Internet at home, districts across the country have gotten creative by turning their buses into community Wi-Fi hotspots.

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