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Emirati police deploy smart tech in coronavirus fight

25 Apr 2020
Police wear smart helmets to check workers’ temperatures amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dubai. Reuters United Arab Emirates April 23, 2020. Picture taken April 23, 2020. (REUTERS)
Police wear smart helmets to check workers’ temperatures amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dubai. Reuters United Arab Emirates April 23, 2020. Picture taken April 23, 2020. (REUTERS)
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Updated 25 Apr 2020
25 Apr 2020

Police in the UAE are deploying smart helmets that can scan the temperatures of hundreds of people every minute to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The helmets, which need less time and less contact than traditional thermometers, can measure temperatures from five metres (16 feet) away and scan up to 200 people a minute, triggering an alert if a fever is detected.

Chinese company KC Wearable says it has sold more than 1,000 of the temperature scanning helmets and has received orders from the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

“We’ve implemented the smart helmet during this time of crisis, with COVID-19, across all police stations in Dubai, as well as at patrolling stations whose duty requires them to be on the frontline,” police officer Aly Al-Ramsy told Reuters.

“In the case of someone with a high temperature, we take the necessary measures to stop the person … and then the person is dealt with by paramedics and taken to the closest medical facility.”

Dubai’s police are using the helmets to screen people in densely populated areas, including sealed neighborhoods.

Gulf states have ramped up testing after recording a growing number of cases among low-income migrant workers in overcrowded housing.

The UAE has the second highest infection count among the six Gulf states, with more than 8,000, and over 50 deaths. It does not provide a breakdown for each of its seven emirates.

Like other countries around the world, Gulf states have deployed technology in the struggle to rein in the virus, including smartphone apps that track sufferers. Civil liberties groups have criticised such apps as an invasion of privacy.

Police in the UAE are deploying smart helmets that can scan the temperatures of hundreds of people every minute to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The helmets, which need less time and less contact than traditional thermometers, can measure temperatures from five metres (16 feet) away and scan up to 200 people a minute, triggering an alert if a fever is detected.

Chinese company KC Wearable says it has sold more than 1,000 of the temperature scanning helmets and has received orders from the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

“We’ve implemented the smart helmet during this time of crisis, with COVID-19, across all police stations in Dubai, as well as at patrolling stations whose duty requires them to be on the frontline,” police officer Aly Al-Ramsy told Reuters.

“In the case of someone with a high temperature, we take the necessary measures to stop the person … and then the person is dealt with by paramedics and taken to the closest medical facility.”

Dubai’s police are using the helmets to screen people in densely populated areas, including sealed neighborhoods.

Gulf states have ramped up testing after recording a growing number of cases among low-income migrant workers in overcrowded housing.

The UAE has the second highest infection count among the six Gulf states, with more than 8,000, and over 50 deaths. It does not provide a breakdown for each of its seven emirates.

Like other countries around the world, Gulf states have deployed technology in the struggle to rein in the virus, including smartphone apps that track sufferers. Civil liberties groups have criticised such apps as an invasion of privacy.

Reuters

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