AI Tech Firetinas Used to Detect Coronavirus in China

With the large volumes of infected reported daily, coronavirus is becoming quite a handful for health officials to deal with. Researchers at Manchester University and Cambridge University have developed an AI system that may be used to perform a cursory examination of a large number of people within an area. As the coronavirus presents with high body temperatures as one of its telltale signs, the software uses a sensor to detect the temperatures of up to 100 individuals within a thousand square feet. Furthermore, the software reduced false positives by using facial recognition technology to remove potential reading (such as cigarettes) that could skew results towards giving a false positive reading.

Fast Computing

China’s problems with coronavirus, along with the massive amount of its population that are currently at risk, makes finding a solution that can be used on multiple people at the same time one of their highest priorities. Firetinas runs an integrated circuit NPU that can perform over 3 trillion calculations per second. Firetinas has also developed an algorithm that helps it to optimize for faces covered by masks, allowing for an incredible 99% accuracy in facial recognition and detection. The system also uses a dual black-body temperature detection algorithm that will enable it to resolve body temperatures to within 0.1 degrees Celsius. Integrating a camera into the system and coupling it with a neural network, processor, dual black-body temperature sensor, and the ability to separate imperfect information from facts in a fraction of a second can be useful to detection and management of the disease.

Modern Detection for a Modern World

The critical measure in detecting and dealing with coronavirus is doing so within a small window of time. Because of how easily the virus spreads between people, having systems in place that can note the infected and inform authorities is an essential step in controlling the spread of the disease. To date, several dozen countries have reported outbreaks of the virus. It is hoped that as more countries realize what’s at stake, they will start looking at options like Firetinas to deal with the detection and control of the outbreak.

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