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China uses heat sensing technology and AI to identify feverish people within a crowd

Innovative response

China have used AI in combination with heat sensing technology to identify in real-time people in crowds with elevated body temperatures, thus allowing them to isolate people in crowds with a fever, and reducing the exposure of medical professionals to the public by using machines.

Specific issues addressed and anticipated impact

It is important to identify who may have a fever as it is a sympton of COVID-19. However, it is dangerous and a use of human resources to put medical professionals in large crowds. This innovation partially solves both of these problems.

Organisations/institutions involved

Zhongguancun Science City Administrative Committee; Shangtang Technology; Beijing's Haidan District

Level(s) of government:
  • Local government
  • Private Sector

Issues being addressed:

  • Health and safety of responders
  • Real-time data collection, sharing, and analysis

Date Submitted:

20 March 2020

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