To Mask or Not to Mask?


It’s not exactly an age-old question, but one that gets a lot of attention these days.

To be generous, let’s assume that everyone is interested in adhering to behavior that is suggested by public health officials as a way to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus. But, sometimes we just forget. We’ve all done it. You charge out of the house to pick up a gallon of milk at the corner store. You’re thinking more about the benefits this little gesture of consideration will garner with your spouse than you are about wearing a face covering.

Pleased with what a thoughtful person you are, you slip out of the car and head toward the market, forgetting to reach for that mask you keep tucked away in the console for just such an occasion.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a gentle reminder that you forgot your mask before you get those dirty looks from the customer in front of you in the checkout line? Well, now – thanks to an Orange County, California company – you can.

Last month, Artificial Intelligence Technology Solutions, Inc., announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD) enhanced its autonomous security and property management devices with a new advanced mask detection feature. This feature supports building owners, property managers, and dare we say – grocery store owners with an autonomous tool to identify face mask usage, create automatic alerts, and generate ongoing face compliance scores.

This week RAD received some welcome attention from KNBC TV in Los Angeles. Watch the video clip below to see Steve Reinharz, Founder and CEO of RAD explain what this new device can do.

Video courtesy of KNBC-TV

Maybe your disposition is such that forgetting a mask is not likely to result in fisticuffs, but wouldn’t it be helpful if an automated tool could remind those of us with our minds elsewhere?

Installing RAD’s autonomous monitoring systems is as easy as hanging a mirror or moving a coffee table, especially when compared to the lengthy and laborious process of implementing a comprehensive CCTV system. They can be integrated into access control systems, denying entry to people who fail screenings even if they have a building pass.

When a person without a mask is detected, the system can generate, depending on customer preferences, audible and visible alerts to remind people to mask up. It also feeds alerts and a cloud-based data storage system so that security executives can analyze data for trends or quickly locate video of important incidents. The mask detection feature can be activated on all RAD devices based on client requests.

RAD’s autonomous mask monitoring system will help you remember to put on your mask. Now, if only you could remember what you came for…


Steven Bowcut, CPP, PSP is an award-winning journalist covering cyber and physical security. He is an editor and writer for Brilliance Security Magazine as well as other security and non-security online publications. Follow and connect with Steve on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.