Behind the mask, how image tracking & data intelligence can keep us safe



Alessandro Chimera, Director of Digitalisation Strategy at TIBCO examines the implementation of digital technologies to track and analyze the use of face coverings, headgear safeguards and other protective equipment in public spaces.

With the need to wear a face mask or some form of protective face-covering very much a part of the normal way of life in countries all around the globe since early 2020, we can perhaps remind ourselves that this core health-tech product is an essentially non-digital innovation. Apart from a few prototype ‘smart masks’ with their corresponding smartphone apps, most face coverings are really just a piece of material and some elastic straps.

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