As the novel coronavirus has taken the world by storm, government and entrepreneurs are harnessing their innovative minds by bringing solutions to address the pandemic.
Here are a few upcoming innovative digital solutions:
#1 Corona Kavach
The Indian government (Ministry of Electronics) is launching a mobile application named Corona Kavach, which will act as a preventive tool to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country, by identifying and alerting its users who might have come in contact with an infected person.
It will use the location tracking aspect of mobile technology to chart the recent locations visited by any user and if any of those locations match with the location data of positive cases of Covid-19, then it will trigger an alert following which the necessary protocols will kick-in.
The app is presently under beta testing. This app is said to be part of the government's efforts to limit the spread of the viral disease to the next stage by checking community transmissions by keeping a watch on its spread using the location of its users.
#2 Quarantine App
The collaboration, tentatively called- Founders against COVID, is in the process of developing an app called Quarantine app, which will live track the patients who are in-home quarantine and those who have tested positive.
Founder, who proposed the idea of the application, told ET Digital, “A few days back I had thought of opening up a map view of the location of the affected patients so that the locations can be marked as unsafe or risky. This way, citizens will know that these are risky spots and let's start with avoiding these areas."
The founder of the regional content-driven app said that the app is still a work in progress and they are in the early stages of discussion with the government.
#3 Thermal Camera
Meanwhile, Gurugram-based AI-powered startup Staqu has launched a new thermal camera that detects individuals with a body temperature of more than 37 degrees Celcius and alerts the system. Built under its video analytics team JARVIS, the thermal camera examines heat signatures and identifies suspected patients.
With a range of up to 100 meters, the camera is able to identify multiple people at once. This can come extremely handy in scanning crowded places like airports, railway stations, malls, etc. It has a sensitivity range - high sensitivity range of -40 to 160C or -40 to 320F, whereas the low sensitivity of -40 to 550C and -40 to 1022F.
#4 Corona Shield
Helping in preventing the spread of the virus which is known to be physically contagious, automobile startup Droom has launched an antimicrobial surface protection shield for cars and two-wheelers called Corona Shield. The firm claims that the shield has been proven to be effective against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and similar droplet-based viruses for up to four months.
This Shield protects surfaces against harmful microbes as it prevents the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, algae, yeast, mold, and mildew. The shield is priced at Rs 499 for a 2-wheeler bike/scooter and Rs 999 for a hatchback.
Source: HT and ET Health