The high-tech solutions that Emirati cities have been adopting to make life easier and safer for their residents, have paved the way for adoption of medtech marvels to battle the pandemic. The country which managed to stave off a major outbreak when healthcare infra took a hit across the globe, has stepped on the gas to encourage further innovation for the new normal.
Facial scanners, breathalysers and methods to detect covid from a person’s voice were just the beginning, as researchers in region have even invented 10-second tests to replace PCR. With Emiratis stepping out to get back to outdoor activities in the new normal, staff in public spaces are now empowered with advanced devices, that spot covid infections with 83% accuracy.
The EDE scanners launched across Abu Dhabi, read changes in electromagnetic waves caused by presence of the virus in a person’s body. These have been used on 20,000 people so far, and have demonstrated a sensitivity of 93% against the symptoms.
Guards and other officials at locations including malls, can use the technology via smartphones, and people who are pointed out by it need to take a PCR test within 24 hours.
The city had deployed thermal cameras early on during the pandemic, and had also used drive through screening at entry points when infections surged. Recently Abu Dhabi has even introduced sophisticated infrared cameras, connected to computers, for thermal scanning at its airport.
In the past few weeks, inventors in the Middle East have come up with gadgets described as electronic noses to identify covid symptoms within minutes.
Apart from that, mobile labs which can move around on wheels and even on ships, have been rolled out for automated testing across the country. Telemedicine is being powered up by health authorities, who are strengthening virtual consultation platforms.
To further protect residents and travelers against a rise in infections, smart carts with ultraviolet sanitisation, have entered hotels and aircrafts.