Sunday, November 28

Coping with facial recognition scans is part of the home isolation experience

Using a location verification app and running a facial recognition scan were part of a South Australian’s daily chores during a home isolation test.

A man is seen using an iPhone on November 2, 2017. Concerns have been raised about Apple's new iPhone X and its front facing camera with facial recognition.

Gary Lowe says he found out that the app would take the facial recognition scan without a hitch after he groomed himself after his workouts. (file photo)
Photo: AFP

The government is expected to release more details of its pilot residential insulation scheme for companies with a long list of companies interested in joining tomorrow.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the ditch, South Australia has already been testing a similar scheme for interstate arrivals and is now expanding it to include defense forces workers returning home from abroad.

Returnees spend their 14 days in isolation in a private home rather than in a government-run hotel; they are tested for Covid-19 multiple times and are subjected to multiple random checks every day to get them to be where they are supposed to be.

Gary Lowe, who was one of the first guinea pigs in home isolation, says there is still a lot of trust involved.

“Between the hours of, say, 7 AM to 9 PM, I’d probably get three or four pings through the app to reply in 15 minutes and they were pretty random. Sometimes they only had an hour. of difference, other times they were separated by three or four hours.

“Basically it shows up on your phone as a social media message notification and (you) basically open the app and there were a number of selectors in the app and one of them responds to the self-test request and you have 15 minutes to do that.” .

He says home insulation testers should activate geolocation services on their phone, while phone numbers and personal devices are tagged for identification purposes.

In addition to location tracking, there’s also a facial recognition scan that Low said was easy to use.

“You have just been given, I guess, an analogy to a picture frame to locate your face inside and if you hold it too far it will ask you to bring it closer or if you are too close or if your face does not fit into it. frame, then when it is positioned correctly it starts scanning up and down … when the scan is successful it basically says success “.

Completing a facial recognition scan is the only way that self-isolating can respond to app registration notifications.

“Facial recognition is the only way to respond, you cannot send a verbal text … there is no other way to respond; it has to be facial recognition.”

As part of South Australia’s health requirements, Lowe had to be tested on day one, day five and day 13 of his period of home isolation.

“You are allowed to leave where you are isolating yourself, you must be able to drive yourself or get to one of the test stations.

“I’m lucky there is one pretty close to where I live, about 700 meters away, that is open 24 hours, so I was able to go there whenever it suits me. I didn’t have to make an appointment, just drive and get tested. . “

Yet another component of the home insulation monitoring app is a symptom verification requirement that Lowe says is as simple as providing an appropriate response to how you feel.

Outside of the testing regime, he was not allowed to leave the property, not even to exercise.

“Basically just to trash my trash. I had to wear after wearing a mask at all times if I was outside the front door, so literally in my little 40 square meter bed room I have” I’m here for two weeks except for trashing the trash, which was quite a journey. “

Lowe says he did not face any penalties for not following the rules during his isolation, but admits that he had some hiccups with the facial recognition scanning system.

“I had one in facial recognition where the image was not transmitted and I missed the 15 minute log and just got a follow up phone call asking, you know, was there a reason I missed that log window.

“I just had to explain that facial recognition didn’t work that one time and obviously being part of a test I think the traces are a bit different than if it was for general use, they would have a different tracing.”

He explains again that the app couldn’t recognize his face because he had sweated a lot during an indoor training routine on his cycling coach.

Lowe says he found out the app would take the scan without a hitch after it was fixed after his workouts.

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