With the coronavirus raging in China, health organizations and companies at home and abroad are considering using airborne drones equipped with special sensors to monitor the body temperature and abnormal conditions of the population.
This is not a new technology for drones, but it is definitely a new area for drone applications. These drones are equipped with specialized sensors including infrared sensors and facial recognition technology to monitor coronavirus-related symptoms.
It is completely feasible to manufacture drones with the range of sensors needed to monitor the crowd. Although security, effectiveness and privacy issues will affect the implementation of policies, under the current virus-ridden situation in China, policies and the public will be obtained. support. Although monitoring drones is invasive, with privacy and data analysis issues, people will not be afraid, and over time, people will become more familiar with the technology.
At present, hand-held sensors have been widely used in airports and ports to detect personal temperature and other virus identification functions. But the on-board infrared sensor can read a person’s facial temperature at a distance of 100 meters or even longer, which means that the drone does not have to fly so close to the crowd. Facial recognition software will also be used to classify individuals in a crowd.