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Interview

We anticipate "SenseThunder" to also be a sales tool that helps restore our studio operations.

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Established in 1979 in Ichigaya, Sound Inn Studio is one of the largest recording studios in the country, with studio rooms that can accommodate a full orchestra with live instruments. For over 40 years, the studio has been used to for various reasons, such as music for television programs and Japanese films. However due to the spread of the coronavirus in Japan, operations have largely declined. Due to the expectation of production activities to recover at some point, there was an urgent need to create an environment in which customers can use the studios with a greater peace of mind.

Today we interviewed Mr. Hideaki Okuhara, Director of Sound Inn Studio, and Mr. Yoichi Kono, General Manager of Sound Inn Studio's Studio Group. The two also serve as key members of the Crisis Management Committee which was set up this February.

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TOPICS

  • Anticipate "SenseThudner" to also be a sales tool
  • There is no true sense of security when relying on temperature measurements based on self-reporting
  • It has become much easier for us to manage the health of our employees

This is a facility where an unspecified number of people come and go. We came to the conclusion that we won't be able to provide users with a true sense of security when relying on temperature measurements based on self-reporting and honesty.

Please tell us about the process of adopting "SenseThunder."

We started looking at implementing the system in March and by this time the studio's utilization rate had largely declined. Although we took basic measures to clean, sanitize, and ventilate the studio, many reservations were postponed as production companies prioritized the health of artists and avoid reputational damage. As of February, we were still seeing demand from production companies, so we did not expect that such a large impact would surface in a short period of time.

We immediately set up an internal crisis management committee and discussed topics like our businesses hours when the government declares a state of emergency, and how to recover business once it is lifted. Also, in preparation for the second and third waves of the coronavirus, we discussed how to make our customers feel more secure in our studio. The decision was made to install a thermometer for visitors. We were already implementing health management for our own staff, but this is a facility where an unspecified number of people come and go. We came to the conclusion that we won't be able to provide visitors with a true sense of security when relying on temperature measurement based on self-reporting and honesty.

While the implementation barriers were low, the fact that the system had a proven track record in large-scale domestic environments made us feel comfortable and was a major deciding factor in adopting the device.

What was it about "SenseThunder" that made you decide to use it?

Of course we tested multiple options. First, we considered a gun-type non-contact thermometer, but there were too many false positives. Another challenge of such thermometer was that it required us to assign an employee to handle the visitor's temperature. In addition, due to the nature of our customers who use the recording studio, there was a high possibility that temperature measurement checks were required at multiple places such as the home, office, work place, etc. Therefore, we placed importance on temperature measurement processes that required minimal effort and would not be rude for our visitors.

Next, we compared several competing products, including "SenseThunder." We were concerned that many of the competing products were too large and that rental products would cost more depending on how long we used them. In comparison, "SenseThunder" was a great value in terms of cost, ease of use, and speed of implementation, etc. While the implementation barriers were low, the fact that the system had a proven track record in large-scale domestic environments made us feel comfortable adopting it and was a major deciding factor.

"SenseThunder" set-up at the reception desk. Visitors will be issued an entrance pass after the screening.

Engineering is a job that cannot be replaced, so I am very pleased with the fact that "SenseThunder" has made it easier for us to manage the health of our employees.

How is it currently operating? What are your plans for the future?

We installed "SenseThunder" at the reception area on May 22nd. We check the visitor/employee temperature and issue an entree pass if there is no problem. As it has only been in operation for a short period of time, we have not received any significant feedback from our customers. However, the system has been well received by employees because it allows them to take temperature readings with a high degree of accuracy and immediacy, even with their masks on. Engineering is a job that cannot be replaced, so I am very pleased with the fact that "SenseThunder" has made it easier for us to manage the health of our employees.

We now have a solid infection prevention measure in place, and we've taken every precaution to ensure that we're ready when production activities resume. Since infection risk is expected to continue we anticipate "SenseThunder" to also be a sales tool to help restore our studio operations.

Along with the history of Sound Inn Studio, Mr. Okuhara and Mr. Kono have been a longtime supporter of music production in the television and film industry, who express their concerns for the future music development if the difficult situation continues. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us today.

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Japan Computer Vision Corp., a subsidiary of Softbank Corp., is an AI company that leverages SenseTime's image recognition technology to provide cutting-edge solutions for the smart building and smart retail sectors.