The current crisis has disrupted work and life around the world. However, the spirit of innovation, with its resiliency and determination, is proving that such worldwide obstacles don’t have to create the same disruption.
Technological companies are hard at work to create that shift. For example, here are just a few of the many incredible tech solutions already being developed and implemented.
Here are just some of the incredible developments that have come out of the past few months:
1. Data collection and organisation: Data accuracy is important for all types of decisions, but it’s critical to accurately organize the copious amounts of data related to the current crisis.
•Verizon Media launched a set of resources for developers — including an API, dashboard, and dataset — to help visualise and analyse available data. Verizon Media’s innovative approach to data organization can help API developers build their own charts, simulations, and applications.
•The “Yahoo Knowledge” dataset provides access to global data about locations, cases, and recoveries, all organized and detailed by country, state and county levels.
2. Contact tracing: To help stop the movement of current and future viruses, leaders in different countries are launching initiatives featuring mobile phone contact-tracing.
•Google and Apple collaborated together in what is perhaps the biggest tech partnership in the contact tracing effort. The idea is to use a phone’s short-distance Bluetooth-based networking signals.
As a contact-tracing solution, the resulting app lets users download it and participate in contact-tracing through their Android and iOS smartphones.
3. Early detection system: Sometimes, an innovation created for one purpose can serve as a solution for other issues. Ava, a med-tech company in Switzerland, developed biometric bracelets that may also track potential cases. The bracelets collect data related to skin temperature as well as heart and respiration rates. The bracelets were originally created to track physiological changes across the menstrual cycle.
However, the bracelet’s sensors work across genders and age groups. Because some of the most common symptoms include fever and shortness of breath, the bracelet could be a way to collect the data necessary to build an early detection system that may slow or stop the spread of the virus.
5. Disinfecting drones: It may seem hard to imagine that a drone could operate in confined inside spaces to disinfect rooms and surfaces. It’s another example of how companies are repurposing their existing technology for innovative solutions to virus-related issues.
One of the largest challenges businesses face is keeping large spaces and interior surfaces continually clean and free of any virus or other disease-causing microorganisms.
6. Temperature monitoring: The key to helping more people survive such a contagious virus is eliminating or minimizing contact. Yet our frontline healthcare workers face the risk of continual contact due to the need to monitor patients.
Now, healthcare workers can remotely monitor fever and temperatures in their patients without having to come in contact to collect that data. Even better, these patients can be sent home while continuing to be monitored remotely using the patches that accompany the temperature sensor.
In turn, this opens up more hospital beds and lowers exposure for healthcare workers.