How China is using Technologies to help fight COVID-19 virus

In recent times, the outbreak of the Coronavirus (code name COVID-19) has become so widespread thereby leading to an increased mortality rate in many countries.

Ever since the outbreak of the pandemic, Numerous Chinese firms have developed automated technologies for contactless delivery, spraying disinfectants and performing basic diagnostic functions, in order to minimize the risk of cross-infection.

Robots and Drones

Meanwhile, the Shenzhen-based Pudu Technology which manufactures robots for the catering industry has reportedly installed its machines in over 40 hospitals around the country to aid medical staff.

Also, MicroMultiCopter (MMC), in Shenzhen, is installing drones to transport medical samples and conduct thermal imaging

a flying drone

In a bid to eliminate the COVID-19 virus, a senior official at Shanghai-based Global Cyberspace Governance said

“Emerging technologies have stood out by making immense contributions in an unexpected, creative and amazingly responsive way”

Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba claims its new AI-powered diagnosis system can identify corona virus infections with 96% accuracy.

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On the 27th of Jan 2020, China Xinhua news reported on its twitter page released a video of robots being used to deliver meals to travelers in isolation at a hotel in Hangzhou, China.

Sophisticated surveillance system

Apart from the deployed robots and drones, sophisticated surveillance system, upgraded facial recognition cameras are almost everywhere in china to scan crowds for fever and individuals who are not on facial masks

surveillance camera

A leading Ai firm, SenseTime, clams its contactless temperature detection software has been deployed in public places like subway station, schools, and community in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.

 SenseTime also claims to have a tool that can recognize faces, even if they are wearing masks, with a “relatively high degree of accuracy”

Smart helmet

On the 3rd of March 2020, Global Times reported on their twitter page that officials in Chengdu city, Sichuan province, have been issued with smart helmets that can measure the temperature of anyone within a 5m radius, sounding an alarm if they are found to have a fever.

Mobile phone

In addition to drones, robots and highly sophisticated surveillance, mobile phone has been a key tool for tracking the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Mobile apps like WeChat, Alipay Health Code has also played a role in identifying potential virus carriers.

Alipay Health Code (developed by Ant Financial) assigns individuals the colour green, yellow or red, depending on whether they should be allowed into public spaces or quarantined at home. It makes us of big data

The ‘close contact detector’, (an application created by the Chinese government departments and the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation and supported by data from health and transport authorities) tells users if they have been near a person who has been confirmed or suspected of having the virus.

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