The Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) has readied smart technologies to assist the industry in complying to new COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), in line with the government’s directives – as movement restrictions have been eased for businesses through the recent announcement of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
The technology involves Facial Recognition (FR) technology and thermal screening embedded with an IoT system to enable contactless monitoring of a company’s workforce. The end-to-end solution is integrated with the Government system designed for industry and business operation monitoring, called the MITI – COVID-19 Intelligent Monitoring System (CIMS), and MARii intends to also cooperate with the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) led by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
MARii CEO, Dato’ Madani Sahari said the technology, developed in close collaboration with G3 Global Berhad, a leading player in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and IoT businesses, is designed to automate health screening and monitoring activities during business and factory operations, in line with guidelines set by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and MOH to prevent the COVID-19 infections.
“Post-MCO, we will have to implement new solutions to fulfil the health monitoring requirements and SOPs within our businesses, and this will definitely add manpower, equipment and operating costs for companies, particularly those with a large number of employees”, he explained.
The technology introduced today is an expansion of the capabilities of the CIMS – and features an integrated system that consists of face recognition technology, precision cameras, thermo-scanners and an embedded solution that is flexible enough to integrate with a company’s existing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software for monitoring employee attendance systems, payroll, production planning, etc.
“This allows for a system that minimizes long term costs for implementing additional procedures to combat COVID-19 at the workplace. As the technology is packed with smart features such as facial recognition and face-mask detection, it has the capabilities of eliminating human errors that come with manual screening checkpoints”, Dato’ Madani added.
This initiative, spearheaded by MARii, will start with the implementation within PERODUA and its entire value chain ecosystem.