Tech has played a key role in the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic. While we wait with bated breath for a vaccine, tech companies have given us ways to detect the virus, properly contact trace, and limit its spread. Now, Bosch, in partnership with Globaltronics and Philips, launches PeopleCount for social distancing.
PeopleCount is a customizable security system. It lets facility managers track, control, and manage the number of people entering a particular area. This lets them operate efficiently while guiding people to follow and maintain social distancing measures.
What is it exactly?
It uses Bosch’s intelligent camera solution and Philips’ Android System on Chip (SoC) display that allows real-time monitoring and analysis of people flow with minimal human intervention.
The system can be used for single entrance or multiple entrances simultaneously and displays the data through a simple traffic light system. PeopleCount also keeps customers informed and engaged through both promotional and safety messaging displayed on its system.
Bosch and Philips believe this system can be an effective tool for enforcing social distancing protocols. They see it as a solution that requires minimum investment, is quick and easy to deploy, can be operated remotely, is customer-friendly, and has the ability to record data and statistics.
How does it work?
It functions with three main components: a standalone application as the main control, a camera to track and analyze movements, and a monitor that displays communication for customers.
Bosch’s intelligent camera counts the number of people entering and exiting the facility using its video analytics features. Meanwwhile, the Philips Android SoC display keeps the customers informed with visual alerts prior to entering a facility.
Users can install single or multiple cameras and monitors across different entries or individual stores. The cameras can process information and able to generate the status of occupancy real-time.
This, then will be displayed in any browser-enabled display such as tablet or an android TV. This gives users the advantage of controlling access to various points of a building.
When using multiple cameras, the system can also aggregate the counts from different cameras to monitor the occupancy of individual shops, floors, and even areas covered by multiple entries and exits.
Comes with an alert system
When the occupancy has reached its maximum number, the system can alert or trigger the facility’s building access control system to secure the entrance until the occupancy is reduced.
The system also delivers real time information to the display for customer queue communications, alerting visitors whether they must wait or if they can enter.
The screen display can be used in three formats:
- The entire screen can be used to signal individuals to wait or enter.
- It can also be divided 50/50, where one part is used for entry instructions and the other may include promotional or instructional videos and even special products on discount.
- The third option is the use of a traffic light display for entry management while having a large area of the monitor to display other content.
Bosch and Philips are actively marketing this to private companies. During the launch, they also said they have projects lined up with the Philippine government to rollout this tech.
Lee Kun-hee, the titan behind Samsung’s rise, dies at 78
South Korea’s richest person
Lee Kun-hee, the tech titan who transformed Samsung into a technology powerhouse, died at the age of 78. Samsung said Mr Lee died on Sunday with family by his side, but did not state the exact cause of death.
“All of us at Samsung will cherish his memory and are grateful for the journey we shared with him,” the company’s said in a statement. His family will hold a private funeral.
He was South Korea’s richest person with Bloomberg Billionaire Index estimating his net worth to be US$ 20.7 billion. When Lee took over the company, it was already a massive conglomerate. But its stake in the electronics sector wasn’t dominant. Lee made the electronics division a priority, changing the face of the brand forever.
Today, the company has an interest in every possible segment of technology. Samsung is one of the world’s top smartphone makers, has a state-of-the-art fabrication production lineup, and quite literally sells everything. From refrigerators to insurance, Samsung does everything.
His son Jay Y. Lee has been the conglomerate’s de facto leader since his father’s hospitalization due to a heart attack in 2014. Lee stepped down as Samsung chairman in 2008 after he was charged with tax evasion and embezzlement. But suspended sentences meant he never served time in jail and he received two presidential pardons.
Furthermore, Lee is also credited for successful efforts to secure the 2018 Winter Olympics, which were held in South Korea. The cause of his death is unknown and the company did not confirm whether he’s left a will.
Samsung is officially developing a 10000ppi display
Currently in research phase
How many pixels can you see on your screen right now? With screen technology today, you probably can’t see where one pixel ends and another starts. Of course, some devices today still have easily discernable pixels even on a large screen. That said, screen technology is about to get a massive boost. Samsung is officially developing a 10000ppi display.
Partnering with Stanford University, the South Korean tech company is packing in the titanic amount in a single screen, a mouth-watering improvement on today’s standards. Currently, a smartphone can only pack in 400 to 500 pixels per inch. A larger TV screen only goes for 100 to 200 pixels per inch.
Usually, different pixels emit red, green, and blue light, mixing all three to create vibrant colors. In Samsung’s new screen, OLED films can emit white light through reflections. As you might expect, the pixels are much smaller than normal, allowing Samsung to pack in as much as it can into the screen.
Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about grabbing the new feature on your phone or TV set just yet. The screen’s developers predict the technology’s earliest application in the virtual reality industry.
Currently, VR headsets are still woefully inadequate in pixels. Using a VR screen is still too much like staring at a screen up close. With 10,000 pixels per inch, a VR headset in the future might looks as good as the real thing. Moreover, it can even go beyond VR headsets. The study itself names “glasses or contact lenses” as potential applications.
Regardless of when it comes, the future is looking good, real or virtual.
PayPal and Venmo will now accept cryptocurrencies
Good news for Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum
PayPal has announced it’ll let users transact via cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and more. Now users can buy, hold, and pay using cryptocurrencies on the online wallet and payments platform.
Using its leverage across tens of millions of merchants, PayPal can help bitcoin and rival cryptocurrencies gain wider adoption as a viable payment method. PayPal has almost 350 million users worldwide along with 26 million merchants.
PayPal owned Venmo will also let users make peer-to-peer cryptocurrency transactions and a general rollout is scheduled for the first half of 2021. Following the announcement, the value of Bitcoin surged by 5 percent on the same day.
The company says it’ll initially support Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and Ethereum. Behind the scenes, Paxos will handle the trading as well as custody. For users, the biggest benefit will be they can store their cryptocurrency with PayPal and won’t have to go through real time exchange before each payment.
All cryptocurrencies will be first converted to fiat currency (like US$) at the time of settlement. Access to the service will be available in the coming weeks. However, users won’t be able to pay until early 2021.
PayPal isn’t the first major company to adopt crypto payments. Mobile payments provider Square as well as trading service Robinhood Markets already support cryptocurrencies. But PayPal’s reach is considered to be massive, having a ripple effect on the whole industry.
In the second quarter, PayPal processed payments worth a whopping US$ 222 billion. Hence it’s adoption of cryptocurrency goes a long way in supporting the niche industry.
Bitcoin and many other virtual currencies have been around for a long time, but exposure to retail customers for general payments has been close to zero. These currencies are extremely volatile, making them perfect for traders and short-term investors. Although their inherent benefits are yet to reach the average Joe.
With one of the world’s largest fintech institution opening doors for virtual coins, the future looks optimistic for increased adoption.
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