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PeopleCount by Bosch is made for social distancing

Another smart solution to the challenges of the pandemic

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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.

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Xiaomi becomes top smartphone brand in Europe

More proof of Xiaomi’s rise

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As is now apparent, Xiaomi is experiencing a massive surge in popularity. In a recent smartphone brand ranking, the Chinese smartphone maker overtook Samsung as the second largest brand in the world. Xiaomi is filling in the gap left behind by Huawei’s descent down the rankings. Now, another ranking confirms Xiaomi’s race. The company is now the best smartphone seller in Europe.

According to Strategy Analytics, Xiaomi once again stole a better spot from Samsung in the rankings. For the second quarter of 2021, the company shipped 12.7 million units and captured 25.3 percent of the market share. Meanwhile, Samsung is lagging a bit behind with only 24 percent of the market share. Apple is in third with 19.2 percent of the market. OPPO and realme have the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

Even more impressive is Xiaomi’s growth compared to last year. According to the ranking, the company grew a whopping 67.1 percent from last year. Surprisingly, the current number 2 dropped by 7 percent compared to last year. All other companies in the rankings experienced growth over the past year.

Of note, three of the top five brands are Chinese companies. For the past few years, Huawei has declined in the ranks, owing to the still-ongoing bans from the United States. Since then, Huawei’s rivals have rushed to capture the market they left behind.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi leaps forward in Fortune Global 500 list

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Qualcomm isn’t scared of Google’s in-house processor

Will continue to work with Google

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Earlier today, Google unveiled its first-ever in-house chipset, the Tensor. Naturally, the announcement holds a lot of promise for the company’s upcoming flagship series. The Pixel 6 series looks amazing even from teases. However, the announcement is likely a blow for the company that Google previously depended on chips: Qualcomm. For its part though, Qualcomm isn’t scared of the Tensor.

According to a tweet from Walter Bloomberg, globally renowned chipmaker Qualcomm isn’t backing down from Tensor’s huge promise for the upcoming Pixel phones. A spokesperson is still reportedly working with Google for existing and future Qualcomm-based devices.

Unfortunately, the report does not indicate which devices that Qualcomm is pertaining to. Currently, we already know that the upcoming Pixel 6 series will sport the Tensor. Whatever it is pertaining to isn’t the upcoming flagship series.

Currently, it is reaping the fruits from the Snapdragon 888 chipset unveiled late last year. The company is likely preparing for the Snapdragon 888 Plus soon. Honor has already promised a smartphone with the upgraded chipset coming later this year.

In general, the company has no real reason to be scared of Google’s latest chipset. Currently, Google has not revealed any plans to market the chipset towards other smartphone makers. The Tensor will likely be a Pixel exclusive for now.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm launches a phone for Snapdragon Insiders, costs $1500

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OnePlus shipments grew by a whopping 257 percent

Fastest growing phone brand in the US

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OnePlus Nord CE

Last year, OnePlus started an experiment: Can it reinvigorate its midrange lineup with the new Nord series? The Nord series promised a new identity for the company to delineate its flagship offerings from its midrange ones. It was a hip refresh. And, according to new data, it looks like the new series is paying off.

Compared to this time last year, OnePlus’ global shipments grew by a whopping 257 percent for the first half of the year (via AndroidCentral). The impressive growth can only point to the success of the Nord series. Since the series’ first announcement, OnePlus has added more and more devices for the lineup, ultimately leading to the Nord 2 today. The company says that they shipped over 1 million Nord phones since the start of the year.

Besides the shipment growth, OnePlus is also touting sales growth all over the world including territories like the United States, Europe, and India. Most notably, OnePlus grew its shipments in the United States by an astronomical 428 percent, effectively making it the fastest-growing smartphone brand in the country for the first half of 2021.

Additionally, OnePlus’ Europe numbers grew by 304 percent. China saw a 124 percent increase. Finally, the company supposedly grabbed 48 percent of the market share in India.

Of course, the YoY increase shouldn’t be a huge surprise. Taking out any new series that came out last year, the entire smartphone industry crashed under the COVID-19 pandemic. The industry is bouncing back.

SEE ALSO: No OnePlus 9T or 9T Pro, rumor says

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