Drones and Robots To Help Fight COVID-19

MicroMultiCopter deployed more than 100 drones to many Chinese cities that could patrol areas and observe crowds and traffic more efficiently that those not wearing masks in public spaces could be identified. These drones are also used to broadcast information to a larger area than traditional loudspeakers can, and also used to fight coronavirus is to spray disinfectant in public spaces. Drones are also helping officials with crowd management and to identify people with elevated body temperatures, through thermal sensing.

Terra Drone ensured that medical and other supplies were safely transported from Xinchang County’s disease control center to the Xinchang County People’s Hospital without exposing humans to infection.

Medtech companies are rolling out robots and drones to help fight it and provide services and care to those quarantined or practicing social distancing.

Telemedicine, supported by robots, makes it possible for medical professionals to communicate with patients remotely, saving time and allowing possibly contagious patients to stay confined.

JD.com and others have stepped up to the challenge to get more robots out in force to deliver e.g. medical supplies within healthcare environments. Meituan Dianping, a delivery app, ramped up their contactless delivery options through autonomous vehicles and robots. Pudu Technology aimed to reduce cross-infection by implementing home delivery of drugs and meals via robot.

Alibaba uses robots in its warehouses and has been involved with getting medical aid donations to areas of China such as Wuhan that need them for testing and treatment of the coronavirus.

Ele.me used robots to deliver meals to quarantined individuals held in a hotel who were suspected of having the virus.

UVD Robots shipped robots to Chinese hospitals to disinfect rooms, and when fully deployed, the robots will operate in all Chinese provinces. These Danish company robots emit an ultraviolet light throughout an area to kill viruses and bacteria without exposing any human personnel to infection.

Source : Forbes