How Smart Tech Is Leading The Fight Against The Coronavirus Pandemic.
From disinfecting robots and drones, smart sensor-based helmets, Infrared camera-equipped drones and advanced facial recognition software which isolates and identifies patents in a crowd setting, the worldwide Coronavirus or Covid-19 outbreak has sparked a revolution in innovative technologies.
Innovative healthcare tech from around the world is being deployed in china and other countries afflicted with this deadly pandemic. The disease which has so far infected 90,000 people worldwide and is rapidly spreading across borders has shown no signs of relenting.
Robots Assisting Relief Operations: Robots are being used to help corona virus patients and provide assistance and medical help in scenarios where face to face human interaction is not possible. Service robots that can be used for screening people in public places are also being used to minimize the risk to healthcare workers. Robots are being touted as medical assistance bots that would handle patient care and provide essential medical support where human interaction is dangerous.
Factory Automation Leading To Boosting Manufacturing Output: The outbreak has generated a massive demand for medical items such face masks, devices, pharmaceutical products as well as hygiene products in the market which are regularly seeing shortages. To combat this, innovative tech companies are pushing their AI based industrial automation products in the market to boost production. This is particularly important since workers across factories especially in manufacturing hubs like china are becoming sick or are being quarantined which is impacting worldwide production of vital medical devices like face masks. Automation in factories is producing essential items like face masks, respirators, disinfectants, medicines and hazmat suits are making an impact on the worldwide outbreak of the virus.
From thermal scanners to integrated central monitoring systems linked to AI based databases every new tech is being deployed to fight the epidemic.
In china, and elsewhere companies are using thermal scanning technologies integrated within a centralized monitoring network using AI. Some companies are using sensors in public places and integrating their thermal imaging cameras with a wide network to monitor the general public regarding any signs or symptoms of coronavirus infection. These systems have the capability to spot infected persons rapidly within a large crowd. In china these systems are being integrated with smart facial recognition software to monitor large number of persons within a short span of time. Face recognition cameras are being used to monitor potential carriers of the disease. Augmented reality glasses are being used to track potential carriers as well as display relevant information to wearers about the epidemic and necessary precautions.
AI and IoT based automation like driverless trucks and ambulances to meet the shortfall in human drivers.
The outbreak has hampered logistics and supply chains across the world with travel restrictions and quarantines. This has caused disruptions in necessary medical supplies and essential items like food and water across nations. Many innovative companies are looking to AI based automation like driverless trucks and ambulances to meet the shortfall in human drivers. Firms in china, the hub of industrial production, have developed automated delivery systems for contactless delivery across the country in order to bypass the supply chain disruptions happening across the country.
Smart Drones Deliver Essential Supplies To Field Personnel: Drones are being used to transport critical supplies and personnel across the country. These drones controlled deliveries are being used to bypass the quarantine protocols in place across many countries. Drones are being used to supply vital supplies where humans are afraid to go. These drones are also being used to spray disinfectants and perform basic diagnostic functions across countries. These drones also assist medical staff in various coronavirus based relief operations across the many countries. Companies are providing these robots to many hospitals and on field personnel to assist in coronavirus based relief operations in china and other countries.
AI Helps Speed Up Diagnosis: Advanced AI based operations help in diagnosis and disease management which help to accelerate the development of a vaccine. In the fight against battle against Covid-19, emerging technologies have stood out by making immense contributions in the field. These technologies have been the forefront against the battle for control of the spread of the pandemic.
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Sophisticated Surveillance Systems Help Track And Monitor Coronavirus Patients: But beyond the frontier of drones and robots, new developments in the field of sophisticated surveillance systems help to keep a tab on infected individuals and enforce quarantine protocols across national and international borders. Facial recognition software is being deployed across china to survey individuals and keep track on the number of infected individuals in the country. Firms are collaborating with government authorities in china to put in place contactless temperature detection software at underground stations, schools and community centers in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
More intrusive measures like Smartphone app based tracking is being adopted by some nations as a last measure.
Some countries have even resorted to more stringent measures with the aid of technologies deemed intrusive by critics. Countries like Israel have started to implement mobile phone based tracking technologies to track the movement of coronavirus patients across their borders. Although, these technologies may appear intrusive at the surface and are denounced by privacy advocates in the country, they are deemed to be a vital measure to measure coronavirus outbreak patterns across the country by the national government. The government has authorized security agencies to phone-snoop individuals, despite concerns from civil liberty groups and privacy advocates in Israel. With more than 200 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the prime minister has seen this measure as necessary in order to curb the spread of the virus. Even China and South Korea have jumped on the bandwagon to take measures in phone tracking. The national governments have partnered with tech firms to come up with apps which monitor the spread of the disease. Live maps which are linked to central databases of health services agencies which enable live tracking of the spread of the virus and help to inform the general public about the spread of the disease.
More and more innovative companies are coming up with novel technologies and adopting a broader policy of smart tech in order to combat this deadly humanitarian crisis.