Innovative Ideas Help Fight the Spread of Coronavirus


A large number of initiatives have risen to the occasion, encompassing schemes that support startups, developers that propose technical solutions, and requests for institutions to share their data with the scientific community. These are some examples of products which have been adopted by innovative ideas to help fight Coronavirus:

Innovative Ideas Help Fight the Spread of Coronavirus (Part 1) 


13-    ROKID: Rokid pitches COVID-19 detection glasses
Rokid’s T1 thermal glasses use an infrared sensor to detect the temperatures of up to 200 people within two minutes from as far as three meters. The devices carry a Qualcomm  CPU, 12-megapixel camera, and offer augmented reality features — for hands-free voice controls — to record live photos and videos.


14-    Materialise:  Hands-Free 3D-Printed Door Openers to Help Against the Spread of Coronavirus
Door handles are among the most germ-infested objects in houses, hospitals, factories, and elderly homes. We stand behind our mission to build a better and healthier world, which is why we’re sharing free design files for all worldwide to 3D print hands-free door openers.


15-     Dahua: WHO COVID-19 Online Conference Adopts Dahua Video Conferencing System
The “5G + 4K” video conferencing system is jointly developed by Dahua Technology and China Telecom to achieve real-time audio and video interaction at the "1 + 4" venue, providing technical support and security for this conference. The fast network capabilities of 4K HD video connections enabled by 5G broadband technology can achieve real-time sharing of images from each site.


16-     Cassia Networks, Inc: IoT tech and wearable sensors to monitor COVID-19 patients
Bluetooth IoT products and gateways provided by Cassia networks were used together with VivaLNK’s medical wearable sensors to monitor COVID-19 patients through the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center (SPHCC). Cassia's gateways allow up to 40 Bluetooth Low Energy devices to be paired and connected simultaneously 


17-    Belden: Highest Speed Optical Fiber Solutions
To avoid connectivity problems resulting from COVID-19 pandemic due to networks overloading as in Healthcare, K-12 schools, universities, Dorms and hotels,  Belden has developed new fiber solutions in recent months that allow data centers to create the robust, reliable and high-performance infrastructure we’re talking about – without compromising on performance or ease of use.


18-    Binah.ai: Remote Patient Monitoring
Either remotely or on-premises, Binah.ai's video-based app removes the need for wearables and provides vital signs measurements such as heart rate, heart rate variability, mental stress, oxygen saturation, respiration rate and more - all with medical-grade accuracy. 


19-    Apollo:  autonomous vehicle platform to provide the essential goods amid COVID19
Apollo, which is Baidu’s autonomous vehicle platform, has joined hands with self-driving startup Neolix to deliver supplies and food to a big hospital in Beijing. Baidu Apollo has also made its micro-car kits and autonomous driving Cloud services available for free to companies fighting the virus.


20-    Estimote:  wearables for workplace-level contact tracing
The devices called simply the “Proof of Health” wearables, aim to provide contact tracing — in other words, monitoring the potential spread of the coronavirus from person-to-person — at the level of a local workplace facility.


21-    RELATS, S.A.: Relats Group collaborates in the fight against COVID-19 expansion by collaborating with 3D printing of EPI's and medical spare parts
The initiative was promoted by a group of workers at the Caldes-HQ Relats plant who have contacted different organized support groups in health centers in Catalonia through social networks.


22-    Isinnova: 3D Printing to Save Lives at Italian Hospital Amid COVID-19 Medical Component Shortages
March 13, Temporelli (Founder of The FabLab in Milan) has successfully connected with a local 3D printing company, Isinnova, which was able to bring a 3D printer directly to the hospital. Within a few hours, Isinnova designed and produced a prototype for the missing component. As of March 14, the 3D-printed components were being used on 10 patient machines.


23-    UV Light Technology Limited: UVC disinfection lamps
UV Light Technology Limited offers three types of UVC disinfection lamps that can be utilized to help improve cleanliness and reduce the risk of cross-contamination: UV Germicidal Hand Lamp, Aluminium UV Germicidal Units, UVC Decontamination Trolley.


24-    SST Sensing Ltd:  Oxygen Sensors for Ventilators
SST can help support ventilator manufacturing companies by supplying our optical, zirconia, and electrochemical oxygen sensor technology and expertise.


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These are other styles of innovation in fighting Coronavirus using modern technologies:

  • South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Singapore - all of which have had success in curbing the spread of the coronavirus — have employed a range of technological solutions.
  • Taiwan’s centralized epidemic control center links multiple government agencies and uses big data to look for potential carriers and monitor those quarantining.
  • Smartphones with GPS capabilities are given to those isolated at home, with local officials tracking them via the Line messaging app.
  • Warning text messages are sent to those who break quarantine and the tracking system is connected with local police departments. Transgressors risk a fine of up to 1 million New Taiwan dollars ($33,000) and having their names published.
  • South Korea has a similar app, although it is voluntary.
  • Singapore has a team of dedicated digital detectives monitoring those quarantining as well to trace where confirmed carriers have traveled to.
  • “Everywhere we go, we do leave a digital signature, be it from the cash we draw, or the use of the ATM card or the credit card,” Leong Hoe Nam, an infectious-disease doctor in Singapore, told PRI earlier this month as he explained how the team worked.
  • Both Singapore and Hong Kong release live details of which buildings have had confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  • In Thailand, tourists from certain countries were given a mobile phone SIM card with a special app to make health declarations and enable tracking.


May 11, 2020, by Ahmed Sabry


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