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    Novel Coronavirus: Number of COVID-19 Infections Exceeds 1.5 Mln Globally (87)

    In a bid to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic countries have been increasingly employing drones to enforce stay-at-home protocols, with police deploying talking drones to urge community awareness, while other uses for the technology include taking temperature levels and sterilizing surfaces.

    As robots and drones are being increasingly used around the world to fight the spread of COVID-19, the Canadian company Draganfly has announced a collaboration to produce so-called "pandemic drones" with the Australian Department of Defense and the University of South Australia, reports Business Insider.

    The drones are equipped with cameras and sensors with special health monitoring capabilities, as the company’s video demonstrations show the quadcopters using computer vision systems and collecting information about heart rate, temperature, and respiratory conditions to zoom in on those displaying symptoms of COVID-19, such as sneezing or coughing.

    In a statement, Draganfly said that the drones, remotely controlled by operators, would likely be used for venues attracting large crowds, such as cruise ships and conventions.

    ​With the project boasting an initial budget of $1.5 million, the technology has benefits for use with vulnerable populations, such as nursing home facilities, and could potentially be employed to enhance security around borders or critical infrastructure.

    "We had imagined the technology being used in a future relief expedition to some far-away place. Now, shockingly, we see a need for its use in our everyday lives immediately" Dr. Javaan Chahl, defense science and technology chair at the University of South Australia was quoted by the outlet as saying.

    ​As time is of the essence amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has spread globally, with over 1 789 985 confirmed cases, according to data by the Johns Hopkins University, Draganfly says it is accelerating efforts to begin distribution and secure a supply chain for commercialization as soon as possible.

    Novel Coronavirus: Number of COVID-19 Infections Exceeds 1.5 Mln Globally (87)


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