Hero Electronix launches Qubo – COVID Guard

Hero Electronix has announced the launch of the Qubo COVID guard feature for it’s connected smart cameras. With COVID-19 disrupting the way business is conducted and people interacting with others, safe and sanitized environments in strict compliance with WHO/ICMR guidelines is critical for businesses and households to mitigate the health crisis. COVID Guard is an AI-based solution developed by the dedicated R&D team at Qubo. This technology will initially be available Qubo’s secure camera platforms to detect and alert non-compliance. For the enterprise market, Qubo will work with Zenatix as its go to market partner. Zenatix is a leading enterprise IoT solutions company and a part of Hero Electronix.

The two key aspects of safety and health compliance are wearing a mask and practising social distancing in order to help arrest the spread of the infection. Qubo’s Q-eye AI platform can accurately identify and detect if an employee is wearing a mask or not or practising social distancing. On detecting the absence of a mask or social distancing, the camera can inform the manager via the companion app along with the video/image of the incident. The in-built speakers will also sound off a warning message to the employee asking him/her to wear a mask. For smaller retailers or Kirana stores who are currently supplying essentials to neighbourhoods, this feature enables the store owners to measure the level of health and safety compliance at their respective stores without the hassle of having to do so in-person.

For households, the Qubo COVID guard can alert members of the household if a visitor such as delivery boys, essential service personnel etc are complying with health protocols. This precautionary measure can reduce the risk of exposure and safeguard the health of the family members. Using the two-way talk function on the Qubo cameras, individuals can also interact with visitors in a contactless manner.

The Qubo Smart Indoor Camera is the most secure device in the category and both of the new features will work in tandem while ensuring security and data privacy in the mind of the users. The camera is secured using the QCrypto framework. All-access to the device is only from authenticated and authorized users hence images/videos can only be accessed by the managers with the companion app and no other individuals. The data including video, audio and images are protected by strong encryption methodologies, and transported over TLS secured channels to the cloud and user for consumption.

Commenting on the launch of COVID guard, Nikhil Rajpal, CEO, Hero Electronix, said, “With the changing scenario for businesses, ensuring business continuity while also implementing health and safety compliances will be a challenge most businesses aren’t prepared for. Despite the challenges due to lockdown, COVID Guard features were developed in house by the team working remotely to help businesses to gradually head back to normalcy. Social distancing and wearing masks is the new normal, with COVID-Guard we are leveraging our expertise in developing AI-based solutions to solve a major real-world problem which has become a public health crisis. We believe that with this feature, employers can remain at ease and focus on their businesses while Qubo cameras work round the clock to ensure safety across the work premises.”

The COVID guard has been designed to be used by businesses such as cloud kitchens, stores, office workplaces, small retail stores etc where there is a large congregation of individuals in closed confined spaces and households as well. For households, the feature guarantees peace of mind by restricting unauthorized access into their homes. For businesses, implementing the COVID Guard with Qubo cameras can not only ensure the well being of their employees but also do away with the hassle of manually enforcing health and safety protocols. Qubo COVID guard will be available in a range of Qubo Smart cameras at an affordable price point of Rs 4,000 over the next 45 days.

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