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Face Mask and Social Distance Monitoring via Computer Vision and Deployable System Architecture

Meherab Mamun Ratul, Kazi Ayesha Rahman, Javeria Fazal, Naimur Rahman Abanto, Riasat Khan*

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

* Corresponding Author: Riasat Khan. Email:

Intelligent Automation & Soft Computing 2023, 35(3), 3641-3658.


The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a lethal virus causing a rapidly infectious disease throughout the globe. Spreading awareness, taking preventive measures, imposing strict restrictions on public gatherings, wearing facial masks, and maintaining safe social distancing have become crucial factors in keeping the virus at bay. Even though the world has spent a whole year preventing and curing the disease caused by the COVID-19 virus, the statistics show that the virus can cause an outbreak at any time on a large scale if thorough preventive measures are not maintained accordingly. To fight the spread of this virus, technologically developed systems have become very useful. However, the implementation of an automatic, robust, continuous, and lightweight monitoring system that can be efficiently deployed on an embedded device still has not become prevalent in the mass community. This paper aims to develop an automatic system to simultaneously detect social distance and face mask violation in real-time that has been deployed in an embedded system. A modified version of a convolutional neural network, the ResNet50 model, has been utilized to identify masked faces in people. You Only Look Once (YOLOv3) approach is applied for object detection and the DeepSORT technique is used to measure the social distance. The efficiency of the proposed model is tested on real-time video sequences taken from a video streaming source from an embedded system, Jetson Nano edge computing device, and smartphones, Android and iOS applications. Empirical results show that the implemented model can efficiently detect facial masks and social distance violations with acceptable accuracy and precision scores.


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M. M. Ratul, K. A. Rahman, J. Fazal, N. R. Abanto and R. Khan, "Face mask and social distance monitoring via computer vision and deployable system architecture," Intelligent Automation & Soft Computing, vol. 35, no.3, pp. 3641–3658, 2023.

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