Drones are expected for achieve coronavirus detection
Drone manufacturer Draganfly is communicating with a country to use its Commander model, ues their drone equipped with various sensors to detect symptoms of the new coronavirus in the population.
It is understood that in recent days, with the development of the coronavirus, health officials in other countries are weighing the use of drones equipped with special sensors to monitor the presence of fever, cough and other symptoms of the new coronavirus in the population.
Cameron Chell, the CEO of drone manufacturer Draganfly, said in an interview: “This is definitely a new field that drones are about to enter.” He said, “Draganfly is working with someone The country wishing to be named has some discussions. The country will design, produce and supply up to 6 unmanned flying drones. These drones are equipped with a variety of special sensors, which may include infrared sensors and facial recognition technology. To monitor the presence of coronavirus-related symptoms."
He stated that it is “very feasible” to make a drone with the sensor range required for crowd monitoring, but it may take up to six weeks to know whether government officials will take action. Chel admits, “In terms of safety and effectiveness, there must be some considerations, but also in terms of privacy. If the public realizes that they may use drones, they may not be afraid, but they may There is concern because it is intrusive and there are concerns about privacy and personal data, so a lot of regulatory exploration is required."
He pointed out that handheld sensors have been used in airports and ports to detect human body temperature and other virus identification functions. For example, the onboard infrared sensor can be used to read the facial temperature of people at a distance of 100 yards or more, which means that the drone does not have to fly so close to the crowd. Facial recognition software will be used to classify individuals in the crowd. Draganfly is considering the use of a Commander drone with four rotors for crowd monitoring. The device weighs approximately 4 pounds and measures approximately 18x18x6 inches.
In addition to the virus detection concept, Draganfly also pursues other unusual drone uses. On February 5, Draganfly announced that it had created a custom payload to support agricultural research at the University of Saskatchewan. Chel said that the sensors on the drone can be used by the university to detect the presence of flies on the cows on the pasture, indicating the presence of methane, bacteria and other diseases. In another application, an environmental recycling company working with Draganfly is using drones with hyperspectral analysis sensors to detect healthy algae in ponds. This speeds up the process compared to manual field tests on pond water quality. Time of inspection.
It is reported that Draganfly sells and customizes drones for up to US$10,000, which is much higher than the price of consumer models of US$600. They are rugged and can be equipped with wireless transmitters and a range of sensors, including lidar, radar, sonar, hyperspectral, infrared and various types of cameras.
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