Drones, robots , smart helmets, advanced facial recognition software and healthcare tech are all being deployed in the fight against Covid-19 at the heart of the outbreak in China.
As updates on the coronavirus have become a daily part of our newsfeeds, we’ve been hearing about different ways that drones are being used in the effort to prevent it from spreading. Drones have been used for medical/package deliveries ，spraying disinfectant ,warnning people to wear masks, carrying QR code, taking temperatures and so on .
Several Chinese firms have developed automated technologies for contactless delivery, spraying disinfectants and performing basic diagnostic functions, in order to minimise the risk of cross-infection. Robots help people consult at the front desk of the hospital, disinfect in public places, clean up medical garbage, deliver meals for patients, and so on, which not only improves the work efficiency of medical staff, but also greatly reduces the risk of virus transmission.
3. Era of big data and internet
Beyond robots and drones, China has also mobilised its sophisticated surveillance system to keep a tab on infected individuals and enforce quarantines. Facial recognition cameras are commonplace across China, and now companies are upgrading their technology to scan crowds for fever and identify individuals not wearing masks.
As Chinese citizens slowly return to work despite the virus outbreak, mobile phones have also emerged as a key tool to track the spread of the coronavirus. An app called Alipay Health Code assigns individuals the colour green, yellow or red, depending on whether they should be allowed into public spaces or quarantined at home. It uses big data to identify potential virus carriers, according to its developer Ant Financial. It has already been adopted in more than 200 Chinese cities.