Coronavirus: Thermal drones monitor body temperatures in Saudi Arabia’s Qassim

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Hi-tech thermal drones have been used in the Qassim region of Saudi Arabia to monitor the body temperatures of customers in open spaces like the livestock market in Buraidah, as part of precautionary measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The drones are equipped with thermal cameras operating on artificial intelligence, according to a report by the Saudi Press Agency.

“This is part of the precautionary measures implemented by the municipality of al-Qassim to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in addition to a package of preventive measures implemented on shoppers by providing them with sanitizing products,” according to the SPA report.

Similar technology has also been implemented by the municipal authorities in Medina, according to local reports.

According to the al-Riyadh newspaper, the thermal cameras can monitor up to 24 people per second. If a person’s temperature reading is recorded to be high, they would be denied entry to the open market and asked to check with medical professionals immediately.

Saudi Arabia on Sunday extended the suspension of all domestic and international flights and “working from home” police across the private and public sectors until further notice, according to the ministry of interior.

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