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How Amazon uses its artificial intelligence to keep the distance between employees

June 17, 2020

This technology is being extended to other companies to avoid further Covid-19 infections.

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How Amazon uses its artificial intelligence to keep the distance between employeesHow Amazon uses its artificial intelligence to keep the distance between employees


It’s hard to know exactly how close someone can be without breaking the rules of social distance, but Amazon has made it easy for warehouse workers to use red and green circles.

It is a “distance assistant”, a new method of using augmented reality to keep the distance between workers and thus reduce COVID-19 infections.

It works thanks to a camera with depth detection, similar to various smartphones like the Huawei P40 or iPhone 11, which detects space and manages to measure the distance between the individual employees. These images are projected onto a 50-inch monitor, on which the same employees can use green and red signs to observe whether they respect their colleagues’ space.

Although only a socket connection is required and no internet connection is required, it is feared that this technology may harm workers’ privacy as it is not known exactly what type of data may be collected.

Amazon plans to expand this technology to all of its plants and make it available to other companies so that they can use it.

Despite this, Amazon was sued by its workers because the Staten Island camp did not take New York City’s public health guidelines seriously. It has also been criticized that basic hygiene in the facility has not been implemented because employees cannot be far from their workplaces.