HEQ appears at clever disinfection technology that might help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the launch of numerous advanced research and development projects aimed at incorporating intelligent technology into a vast array of disinfection procedures in hopes of mitigating the spread of this virus. HEQ assesses the effectiveness of a number of the advanced technological solutions designed to bring about disease control efforts.
Disinfection tunnels: ‘possibly counterproductive’
Disinfection tunnels (DTs), or sanitization tunnels, were temporarily in vogue in China, India, and Belgium in the first phases of the pandemic. Portable tunnels built from metal and PVC and measuring between 16 and 25 feet are positioned at the entrances into active public spaces, like markets, shopping centers, hospitals, and business assumptions; users cycle or walk through the tunnels and are coated using a misted way of sodium hypochlorite, a powerful disinfectant.
Disinfection tunnels could be inactive, where consumers endure at the center of the tube and rotate while the disinfectant is coated inside their leadership, or lively, where the consumer’s route is sprayed because they proceed through the tube.
The proof in favor of disinfection tunnels is lean, however; along with research titled ‘Disinfection tunnels: possibly improved in the context of a protracted pandemic of COVID-19‘ and printed at the Public Health journal in June found that’any asymptomatic patient could stay [infectious] since the virus at the nasopharynx and respiratory tracts stay viable, hence leading to a false sense of security among people. There’s not any way to check the benefits, besides psychological satisfaction, which can be like the assurance wearing a fabric mask supplies and thus empowers people to venture out into public areas’
The study’s authors concluded: ‘DTs are very likely to be a wasteful expenditure of scarce resources. The World Health Organization has resisted the use of those tunnels and sprays and has published an advisory. The pressure on those systems isn’t evidence-based, undependable, and faulty. While fighting this global outbreak, there’s certainly a light at the end of the tunnel by practicing hands hygiene and social distancing, but perhaps not by passing through those DTs.’
Smart disinfection drones
Disinfection by drone has been originally deployed in China to sanitize big, open public areas when COVID-19 initially struck; and has since expanded to Europe and the United States. Drones designed for outdoor usage could be deployed to spray targeted at doses of disinfectant substances over big open-air facilities, like parks, stadia, exteriors of hospital buildings and carparks; whereas smaller drones armed with ultraviolet disinfection technology could be instructed to disinfect indoor spaces such as offices, museums, and theaters. Most disinfection drones are equipped with Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to empower remote metering or path programming.
Automated vehicle disinfection
Especially as an increasing number of members of people return to work after the easing of lockdown steps, public transport remains an integral disease vector, as a result of the inherent blend of big groups of individuals in an enclosed area with restricted access to resources and time to complete disinfection of every and every vehicle between journeys. Passenger transportation manufacturing company Irizar has developed intelligent technology alternatives to deal with the dilemma of disease control on trucks, such as a clever’access control’ camera program positioned in the front of the bus. The wise camera has a temperature sensor, allowing it to discover passengers using an elevated body temperature over 37°C; and AI programming that enables it to discover whether a possible rider is wearing a mask, alert the driver with an acoustic signal and signal to the unmasked passenger they might not board.
In partnership with the Spanish Ministry of Health, Irizar has also developed an automated disinfection system for coaches and buses. This system is made up of a fixed socket installed in the car’s inside, which sprays disinfectant throughout the automobile via a pneumatic nebulizer system.
The disinfection procedure itself requires between 15 and 30 minutes, however, the automobile can’t subsequently be used for the following three to four weeks.
‘Fever-finding’ smart helmets
KC Technologies, a smart technology company, has developed an ‘intelligent helmet’ headset effective at discovering individuals with a fever from as many as five yards off and emitting an acoustic alert once the wearer is in proximity to somebody with increased temperature. The helmet, which has been embraced by police officers at the cities of Chengdu, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, is similar in look to a bicycle helmet; and in accordance with its own developers, empowers consumers to’scan the entire body temperatures of countless individuals and lock onto individuals with fever in under two minutes’. Besides an integrated infrared temperature detector, the helmet has a facial recognition technology, an augmented reality visor allowing the consumer to see an area’s name and medical history, and a camera capable of scanning QR codes; also as wifi, Bluetooth, and 5G connectivity to ease the sharing of information with local hospitals.
Sustainable smart masks
Inspired throughout the COVID-19 lockdown to make’ the most powerful, most advanced, and many exquisite masks ‘, Italian startup CLIU has developed a reusable face mask equipped with clever technology, with a transparent window letting the consumer’s mouth to be observable to other people, so as to optimize social participation and prevent alienating individuals who rely on lip-reading to communicate.
CLIU team member Fabrizio Lipani noted that the wise mask could be synced using a smartphone program, including: “CLIU delivers the hi-tech variation with integrated Bluetooth, microphone and GPS. As a result of the committed program, you can examine your CLIU to make sure it’s functioning properly. Moreover, you can check the filter’s intake status and get real-time information about your health, for example, heartbeats and breathing ” When the mask reaches the end of its life span, it may be dismantled and every element can be recycled.