Using Technology to Tackle Coronavirus
It is undeniable that technology has played and continues to play a considerable role in the global response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Technology has allowed people the ability to work from home, students to continue their education, online shopping and the continuous function of governments. However,
there is a lot more potential that technology has to offer when it comes to fight against the pandemic.
How can technology help?
Countries like the UK and Singapore are using technology for contact tracing of infected individuals and those who may be at risk from being exposed that specific person to attempt to control, or at the very least minimize the spread of the virus.
Social distancing is an important containment measure to protect yourself and others from the virus.
However, in some areas – public spaces for example – it is not always obvious the appropriate distance to remain from one another.
Innovations emerging in response to the global virus include sophisticated sensors and wearable badges/bands that have been developed and adopted by many organizations to help individuals always remain separated and safe. Enabling a non-contact, efficient and safe approach for environments and the individuals within them to remain a safe distance from one another.
Another technology with an abundance to offer for a first line of defense towards detection and prevention during these uncertain times focuses on automated, non-contact thermal body temperature screening.
The systems use sophisticated cameras and Artificial-Intelligent based software to try and identify folks who might be at risk. System types vary from individual handheld scanners, fixed mounted cameras, kiosk and standalone systems to provide a solution for all size environments.
Any organization can move forward with small incremental changes, but building for the future in today’s new normal means implementing the right tools and technology and making insightful decisions.