Robots, Smart Helmets and More: How the UAE is Using Tech to Fight COVID-19

As the world gets ready to ease lockdowns and travel restrictions, the UAE uses technology to help make the process more efficient and effective.

Abu Dhabi International Airport has started deploying robots to disinfect the airport, ensuring the safety of staff and passengers in continued efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus in the UAE.

The airport partnered with Tawazun Strategic Development Fund (TSDF) to roll out the new CoDi BOT UGV (unmanned ground vehicle), designed and manufactured by UAE-based company Marakeb Technologies to screen individuals, clear surfaces of virus strains, and disinfect areas, among other things.

Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, highlighted that deploying artificial intelligence adds an extra layer of protection and “builds on our comprehensive response to the COVID-19 outbreak”.

Last month, police in the United Arab Emirates began wearing smart helmets that are able to scan the temperatures of up to 200 people per minute, from five meters away, alerting them if a fever is detected.

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