Indore college faculty create mask detecting mechanism

Published on Feb 04, 2022 09:44 PM IST
Associate Professor Puja Gupta said the cost of developing the device has been 20,000, which would come down to around 4,000 if produced on a large-scale.
The mask detector works with the help of a CCTV camera.(Pixabay)
The mask detector works with the help of a CCTV camera.(Pixabay)
PTI | , Indore

A couple of professors of an engineering college in Indore in Madhya Pradesh have claimed to have made a device that can detect people moving about without wearing masks amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The 'mask detector' was developed by Associate Professor Puja Gupta and Assistant Professor Upendra Singh of the Information Technology department of Shri GS Institute of Technology and Sciences (SGSITS), a government aided autonomous institute. 

“The mask detector works with the help of a CCTV camera. We have developed a software after detailed research to immediately identify those who are not wearing masks the moment they pass through the camera. A 'please wear mask' message will be blared and their images are captured in the camera associated with the system,” Gupta told PTI on Friday. 

Gupta said the cost of developing the device has been 20,000, which would come down to around 4,000 if produced on a large-scale, adding that the authorities here and in other places can use it to impose fines on those violating mask norms in public places. 

Gupta said the instrument has given 98.26 per cent accurate results while examining 75,000 photos. 

SGSITS Director Rakesh Saxena said the local administration has asked that the instrument be installed in one of the IT parks here, and depending on the results, more spots would be taken up for deployment. 

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