Pandemic drones that can detect fever will fly to the sky

Mar 28, 2020 2:05 AM ET

During the COVID-19 crisis, drones are increasingly used, especially as surveillance tools and mobile speakers, to remind people of the importance of the lock. However, there are other applications for drones. Last month, Digital Trends wrote about how Draganfly, one of the longest-running commercial drone companies, was working on drone deployment technologies in the coronavirus pandemic – using an integrated heat sensor and intelligent computer vision technology to address potential Make diagnoses remotely. This could make it more efficient to take temperature measurements than the current method of using devices such as handheld infrared thermometers.

On Thursday, March 26, Draganfly announced that it had been selected and agreed to a deal to use its COVID-19 sensor drones in Australia. Working with the Australian Department of Defense and the University of South Australia, Draganfly’s pandemic drones will use the pandemic drones to remotely monitor and detect people with infectious and respiratory diseases to stop the disease from spreading further in Australia. The project has an initial budget of $ 1.5 million.

Using their onboard technology, the drones can remotely monitor fever-related temperature, heart and respiratory rates, and detect people who sneeze and cough in crowds or in places where groups of people can work or congregate.

“The technology itself has not changed in the past month (note: since we published our technology article),” Cameron Chell, Draganfly CEO, told Digital Trends. “But what has changed is our ability to talk about the specifics of where and how it was developed, as well as its capabilities.”

Chell noted that the drones are used at various hotspots. “Bringing the technology to areas where the greatest amount of detection is currently required is a priority,” he said.

It is not exactly clear when Draganfly’s drones will fly to the sky for this purpose. However, given the urgency of this evolving situation, the sooner this can be done, the better.

In the meantime, Chell said the company had received many other requests for its pandemic drones. “It seems that every market and industry affected by this pandemic has some level of interest,” he said.

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