Amazon plans to sell Panorama boxes to companies as a way to check if staff are adhering to safety measures in the workplace during the pandemic, reports state last December 3, Thursday. The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Panorama is originally designed to automate inspection tasks such as quality control and tracking barcode movement. However, Amazon states that it can be used to track people as well if workers are wearing face masks and socially distancing in the workplace. A workplace with the AWS Panorama can “get notified immediately about any potential issues or unsafe situations so you can take pre-emptive action.”

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) policy officer Mary Towers refers to this technology as “another example of how this revolution at work is picking up pace.” However, she warns about its possible negative effects on employees, such as harming their well-being, data privacy, and anti-discrimination rights. An Amazon spokeswoman explains that the company’s intention is to improve both workplace operations and employee safety while working during a pandemic. She added that the AWS Panorama has no facial recognition capabilities.