Fujitsu announces AI monitor that tracks hand-washing

Hand-washing AI recognizes complex hand movements and can tell when people don’t use soap

Fujitsu, the Japan-based tech company, announced it’s developed an artificial intelligence (AI) monitor to help health care, hotel and food industry workers wash their hands properly.

The announcement comes just weeks after the World Health Organization (WHO) issued its hand-washing guidelines.

According to Fujitsu, it developed the AI using crime surveillance technology designed to detect suspicious body movements. Not only can the AI recognize complex hand movements, but it can also detect when people don’t use soap. 

Further, the AI can determine whether or not a person is washing their hands in accordance with the Japanese health ministry’s six-step hand-washing procedure.

Much like WHO guidelines, the Japanese health ministry encourages people to wash their palms, between their fingers, scrub their nails, wash their thumbs and lather each wrist with soapy water.

Although Fujitsu announced the AI amid the coronavirus outbreak, it began the project before the pandemic, after Japanese companies began implementing stricter hygiene regulations.

Genta Suzuki, a senior researcher at Fujitsu, told Reuters: “Food industry officials and those involved in coronavirus-related business who have seen it are eager to use it, and we have had people inquiring about price.”

Though the AI still can’t identify people from their hands, Suzuki claims the technology could be coupled with identity-recognition technology, giving companies the opportunity to track employees’ hand-washing habits. 

To train the AI, Suzuki worked alongside a team of developers who used a variety of soaps and hand-washing basins to determine 2,000 hand-washing patterns. Fujitsu employees participated in the trials. The company also paid other people in Japan and overseas to assist with developing the AI.

According to Suzuki, Fujitsu has yet to formally decide on whether or not to market the AI technology to other businesses. 

Featured Resources

Modern governance: The how-to guide

Equipping organisations with the right tools for business resilience

Free Download

Cloud operational excellence

Everything you need to know about optimising your cloud operations

Watch now

A buyer’s guide to board management software

How the right software can improve your board’s performance

The real world business value of Oracle autonomous data warehouse

Lead with a 417% five-year ROI

Download now

Recommended

The IT Pro Products of the Year 2021: The year’s best hardware and software
Hardware

The IT Pro Products of the Year 2021: The year’s best hardware and software

31 Dec 2021
Vodafone sues UK government after missing out on £184m Foreign Office contract
public sector

Vodafone sues UK government after missing out on £184m Foreign Office contract

22 Oct 2021
Fujitsu Primeflex for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud review: Nutanix in a jiffy
Server & storage

Fujitsu Primeflex for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud review: Nutanix in a jiffy

19 Jul 2021
Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1400 review: Slick and simple scanning
peripherals

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1400 review: Slick and simple scanning

29 Apr 2021

Most Popular

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode
Microsoft Windows

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode

6 Jan 2022
Dell XPS 15 (2021) review: The best just got better
Laptops

Dell XPS 15 (2021) review: The best just got better

14 Jan 2022
How to speed up Windows 11
Microsoft Windows

How to speed up Windows 11

7 Jan 2022