Coming soon to the skies of Westport, Connecticut, are "pandemic drones" that will hunt for COVID-19 carriers. These special drones have thermal optic sensors blended with artificial intelligence that can detect if a person is feverish and or sneezes or coughs. If the drones detect a possible virus carrier, the drone operator will be alerted and dispatch police to the suspect's location.
The release states each drone is outfitted with specialized sensors and computer vision systems that can fly around cities and detect if people have elevated body temperatures, respiratory rates, as well as to identify if people are sneezing and coughing (all signs of a COVID-19 carrier).
"One of the major problems for cities and towns like Westport in managing and responding to a pandemic like the COVID-19 virus, is finding out who could be infected and how widespread the disease has spread," said Westport First Selectman, Jim Marpe. "One way to do this is to look for underlying symptoms."
Westport is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, a region walloped by the pandemic. As of Thursday morning, the state has recorded 22,469 cases and 1,544 deaths.