The University of South Australia (UniSA) and Canadian company Draganfly Inc have teamed up to develop a "pandemic drone" that can use special sensors and computer vision to find people with respiratory infections.
One of the main problems in the fight against COVID-19 is the prompt identification of those infected. However, the most common method today by measuring temperature is unlikely to be suitable for the scale of a metropolis covered by an epidemic. In this regard, a team of UniSA scientists led by Professor Yavan Chal proposed using remote sensing using drones and computer algorithms as an alternative.
According to them, the drone is able to measure body temperature, heart rate and respiration at a distance, as well as record sneezing and coughing. The technology works well in crowded places, including offices, airports, cruise ships, and nursing homes.
It was first introduced in 2017. Then the developers demonstrated the ability to measure the heart rate and respiration, analyze the motility of a person when coughing and sneezing at a distance of up to 10 meters using video from drones, and within 50 meters from stationary surveillance cameras.
In addition to the primary diagnosis of viral infections, this technology has additional options - in particular, monitoring of children's incubators, monitoring of war zones and natural disasters.