China Deploys Infrared Sensors To Detect Potentially Infected Citizens In Public

By: | February 11th, 2020

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China is putting in best of its efforts to help constrain the novel coronavirus outbreak. In order to prevent the coronavirus from spreading, China is now installing artificial intelligence solutions to help manage the situation.

To manage the outburst of patients, Chinese built Huoshenshan hospital in Wuhan in just ten days. To check the spread of virus from the places like railway stations and airports, they have started to deploy infrared sensors to scan passengers for signs of the coronavirus 2019-nCoV.

In the system, infrared beam is used to measure passengers’ body temperature. Once it detects anyone with fever, that very person is not permitted to travel.

These infrared beam sensors are not the only artificial intelligence application used by Chinese to contain coronavirus epidemic

Cleaning Robots are being used for sanitizing wards dedicated to 2019-nCoV patients.

AI chatbots are used for collecting and checking information, for answering the phone and recommending people the action they should take.

Drones are also used to monitor citizens and giving them the instructions. Drones are also equipped with loudspeakers, and have been seen to instruct people to wear masks.

“Big data and AI is not only instrumental in increasing city management efficiency and health care breakthroughs during public emergency events [like this],” Baidu founder and CEO Robin Li wrote in an internal letter verified by SCMP, “but can also empower all industries and become a driving force.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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