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COVID-19 detecting drones under development in Australia

March 26, 2020 2:28 pm

A pandemic drone, that monitors temperature, heart and respiratory rates, is being developed to detect the coronavirus.

Fitted with specialised sensors and a computer vision system, the drone can also detect people sneezing or coughing in crowds or indoor places where people congregate, like offices, airports or cruise ships.

It’s the work of a team from the University of South Australia, led by Defence Chair of Sensor Systems Professor Javaan Chahl, who has partnered with Canadian drone technology company Draganfly.

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Professor Chahl said the technology was originally envisaged for war zones, natural disasters and remotely monitoring heart rates of premature babies in incubators.

He said now they see a need for its use immediately, to help save lives in the biggest health catastrophe the world has experienced in the past 100 years.

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