As many casinos begin to return to normal operations, AI is helping them cope with a new environment

As casinos across the US begin to slowly reopen following the COVID-19 lockdown, many employees are heading back to work. This is great for the nation’s overall economy, but a growing concern exists for an increase in the risk of transmission and the likelihood of COVID-19 cluster outbreaks within the workforce. This could potentially compromise the health of staff members, as well as close facilities for weeks at a time and halt operations. However, artificial intelligence (AI) is giving casino operators the tools needed to keep their workplaces safe.

In an effort to mitigate the potential outbreak risk, casino management teams have produced health and safety guidelines, including the mandatory wearing of certain personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing protocols. These guidelines, however, can only go so far, as they need strict enforcement to ensure that personnel adhere to them—and compliance teams may already be stretched thin. Advancements in AI and have enabled a number of technologies to emerge that have the potential to keep workplaces healthier and safer through PPE detection, safety zoning and thermal imaging capabilities.

In addition to infection control, these technologies have shown the potential to enhance workplace safety in other ways, as well. Some offer accident and vehicle collision detection, as well as thermal imaging capabilities, that are able to capture the ambient temperature of a space, not just the individuals within it. This enables the casino to be alerted when a space becomes potentially hazardous. These advanced capabilities show that the inclusion of AI is able to deliver health and safety benefits in casino settings long after the pandemic has ended. The importance of early detection in preventing cluster COVID-19 outbreaks can’t be emphasized enough, and that’s why AI that enforces strict compliance has an important role throughout the reopening phase following the COVID-19 lockdowns.