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Singapore demonstrates innovative IoT uses during COVID pandemic

The hub for technology and healthcare innovations, Singapore, often known as the “world’s smartest city,” has witnessed a number of innovative technologies to address the COVID crisis.  Since the concept of “smart cities” was devised at the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), it is no surprise that a number of these solutions are IoT based. Let’s take a look at some of them.            

IoT-enabled Tele-Ventilator

Medical device company ABM Respiratory Care has developed an innovative ventilator which helps healthcare professionals monitor and program the device from anywhere in the world in real-time.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a shortage of ventilators but also a shortage of trained healthcare professionals to manage the large volume of ventilators when needed. In addition, frequent bedside visits by healthcare professionals to adjust and monitor ventilators increase the possibility of infection thereby pushing an already fragile healthcare system into a further grim situation. ABM’s Tele-Ventilator addresses these issues by enabling healthcare professionals to securely monitor and adjust ventilator settings through their online portal from any location. It leverages new technology which is 25 times faster and creates 50 times less data traffic than traditional web technologies. This enables time-valuable, responsive, consistent telemetry and large-scale secure access to ventilators without a complex configuration which is usually needed in traditional connectivity systems.

Employee screening

Ramco Systems is one of several companies investigating ways of reducing the COVID-19 “surface area” in the office environment. Recently, the Singapore-based company’s innovation lab has released a facial recognition-based time and attendance system (RamcoGEEK) which includes temperature recording via thermal imaging technology embedded into an access control screen and an IoT door. The latter can restrict access to staff or visitors with a high temperature. Overall, the system can also monitor the movement of high-temperature staff within the office and send alerts to management and HR.

Mitigating virus spread

AIoT company Pensees released its new Intelligent Non-contact Body Temperature Monitoring System, in a bid to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

While some confirmed cases of COVID-19 showed asymptomatic infection, a fever remains an important symptom for screening and distinguishing infected people. Through the deployment of different front-end devices such as a face recognition access control system with a body temperature monitoring module, fast screening and automatic alert can be conducted at public premises such as subways, airports, train stations, bus stations, schools, communities, and enterprises.

With infrared thermal body temperature measuring, Pensees’ Intelligent Non-contact Body Temperature Monitoring System includes intelligent FR access with an integrated temperature screening module and portable thermal temperature screening system with FR capability. 

Currently, the authorities are facing a challenge to track quarantined people within their home, offices or specific areas where they are instructed to be.

SenseGiz has built IoT based People Tracking & Historic Contact tracing solution for manufacturing & IT companies. Employees can be tracked in any factory/office environment in real time and detailed historical contact tracing is done in case any employee comes in proximity with another employee who may be later diagnosed as being COVID-19 positive.

The solution gives automatic alert, while also helping enforce social distancing, prevent overcrowding and enforce geo-fencing for specified areas and people.

Contact tracing

IoT startup Nodle.io launched Coalition, a contact tracing application to contain the spread of COVID-19. The company says the app preserves user privacy.

Coalition will use Nodle’s Bluetooth Low Energy-powered network to communicate with nearby devices. Once a user downloads the app and turns on Bluetooth, the app will record anonymous encounters with other Coalition users nearby. For privacy, these encounters are stored locally on the phone. 

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