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Ontario Regiment Museum reopens with AI-powered virtual assistant

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The Ontario Regiment Museum is safely reopening in Canada with the help of a virtual assistant powered by artificial intelligence (AI), which can screen visitors for symptoms of COVID-19.

The virtual assistant, which is named Master Corporal Lana, interacts with visitors over a large screen and was created by CloudConstable and Intel RealSense.

“The Ontario Regiment Museum is one of the few museums in the world with such a large and diverse collection of operating military vehicles, which help people experience history in a very real way,” said Jeremy Blowers, executive director of the Ontario Regiment Museum.

“Regular maintenance is crucial, even during the worst of the pandemic, which is why we turned to CloudConstable and Intel to help build an autonomous solution.”

Lana can take temperatures using thermal scans, and asks a series of questions to assess risk and exposure to COVID-19.

She will also greet visitors, provide contactless check-in, and ensure the museum adheres to visitor limits and other health and safety protocols.

AI assistant can take temperatures and assess risk

“Intel RealSense technology is used to develop products that enrich people’s lives by enabling machines and devices to perceive the world in 3D,” said Joel Hagberg, head of product management and marketing for RealSense Group.

“CloudConstable leverages Intel’s technology to help create a state-of-the-art natural voice and vision interface with touchless, self-service COVID-19 screening.”

“We’ve ended up with something that is important for public safety, but also enhances the museum visitor experience,” added Blowers (via Global News).

The Ontario Regiment Museum reopened on August 15, with guests and volunteers required to wear masks, and guests asked to buy tickets in advance.

Across the pond, the Museum of Military Medicine is relocating from Surrey to Cardiff Bay with the UK’s first 8K immersive, interactive video space, Deep Space.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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