Sources say the U.S. Army wants to create a special wearable device to detect carriers of the COVID-19 coronavirus even in a pre-symptom form.
Of course, the device will not be created in the army. To do this, the US military turned to technology companies with an initial proposal in the form of an allocation of $ 25 million.
There is an urgent and urgent need to develop a fast and accurate wearable diagnostic device to detect the pre-symptomatic cases of COVID-19 in order to track and prevent the spread of the virus
The device, no matter how it is worn (on the body, on the collar, on the belt). It should be able to detect problems with the owner’s breathing. The device should be able to detect the molecular biomarkers of the effect of the virus on the body and even the presence of antibodies.
So far, there is no evidence that someone has taken on the U.S. Army project. And it is unclear whether it is possible in principle to create a device that meets the requirements and even in the shortest possible time. After all, the army is unlikely to need such a tracker in two or three years. When, most likely, a vaccine will be available.
US Army pushing to develop wearable sensors
The U.S. Army is asking technology companies to develop wearable sensors to detect early symptoms of coronavirus. This week, they invited initial proposals for a $ 25 million contract to develop a device that makes the most of existing technologies.
“There is an urgent and urgent need to develop a quick and accurate wearable diagnosis to identify. And isolate the pre-symptomatic cases of COVID-19 and to track/prevent the spread of the virus.” The Army said in a preliminary request that was issued through a medical consortium.
All this is part of a broader military effort to combat the virus in everything from vaccine research to tailoring. Many of these initiatives are similar to what is happening in civil society. But efforts are being made to adapt the emerging battlefield technology to combat the pandemic.
In addition, the Pentagon is installing a system with an infrared sensor mounted on a tripod to measure body temperature. And, as a result, more than 20,000 people will return to work. The system scans for a second or two before they enter the building.
Ultimately, more than 20 systems will be involved. It included at the entrance and exit of the Pentagon near the metro, one of the areas with heavy traffic. Army officials tell CNN that the devices are calibrated for the weather. So even if it is a hot summer day, they will be able to detect someone who has a fever and send him for a medical examination to check if he has a virus. The device will not be created in the army. To do this, the US military turned to technology companies with an initial proposal in the form of an allocation of $ 25 million.
Source = CNN