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Tracking app to thermal camera, Indian startup ecosystem is coming together to fight Covid 19

Last updated on March 25, 2020

As the novel coronavirus has taken the world by storm, everybody, together with political leaders, celebrities, authorities companies and influencers are taking part in their half in selling consciousness and stopping its unfold. Joining the bandwagon is a bunch of over 200 entrepreneurs who’re harnessing their progressive minds by bringing options to handle the pandemic.
The collaboration, tentatively called- Founders towards COVID, is within the technique of creating an app known as Quarantine app, which can dwell monitor the sufferers who’re in house quarantine and those that have examined constructive.

The collaboration, which consists of startup founders together with Mayank Bidawatka, co-founder Vokal, Mekin Maheshwari, co-founder, Urban Company, and others are planning to be a part of fingers with the federal government for the aim.

Bidawatka, who proposed the thought of the appliance, informed ET Digital, “A few days back I had thought of opening up a map view of where we can identify the location of the affected patients so that the locations can be marked as unsafe or risky. This way, citizens will know that these are risky spots and let’s start with avoiding these areas.”

He added that whereas this was one concept, the opposite concept that his co-founder Aprameya Radhakrishna urged was to create a instrument which can give the authorities the power to monitor the sufferers. “If they are supposed to be quarantined they can upload pictures in the app on a regular basis so that the authorities have the ability to keep track of a patient and whether he’s following rules or not,” he mentioned.

He highlighted that concepts to tweak the app are being mentioned, reminiscent of a self-reporting choice the place people who’re feeling the signs can report themselves to authorities. This shall be obtainable to each the authorities and the general public to monitor.

The founding father of the regional content material pushed app mentioned that the app is nonetheless a piece in progress and they’re within the early levels of debate with the federal government.

He, nonetheless, acknowledged that the app additionally carries the danger of knowledge privateness breach, which they need to be certain doesn’t occur. “A lot of this data has to be anonymized and it is still unsafe to show an exact location of where a patient is because there is a high risk of them getting harassed.”

When requested about when the app shall be launched, Bidawatka reiterated that they’re within the early levels of debate with the federal government and solely after they’re fulfilled, they are going to be ready to launch one thing.


The aforementioned app attracts parallels with a number of the apps developed in South Korea- Coronamap and Corona100m. Coronamap allows customers to determine places within the map the place the sufferers are admitted. It additionally provides an entire database of the dates when the instances have been confirmed, the names of the hospitals and the sufferers’ journey route i.e., the locations they visited earlier than testing constructive.

Corona 100m is a GPS-powered app that informs residents of the affected instances inside 100 metres of their present location. It additionally supplies info on the sufferers’ age, gender and nationality.

Others chip in

Meanwhile, Gurugram-based AI-powered startup Staqu has launched a brand new thermal digital camera which detects people with a physique temperature of greater than 37 diploma Celcius and alerts the system. Built beneath its video analytics staff JARVIS, the thermal digital camera examines warmth signatures and identifies suspected sufferers.

With a spread of up to 100 meters, the digital camera is ready to determine a number of individuals directly. This can come extraordinarily useful in scanning crowded locations like airports, railway stations, malls, and so on. It has a sensitivity vary from- excessive sensitivity vary of -40 to 160C or -40 to 320F, whereas the low sensitivity of -40 to 550C and -40 to 1022F.

Atul Rai, CEO and Co-founder mentioned, “Our latest technology removes human intervention in early stages of detection. Through heat wave analysis and more, the technology helps in proactively taking preventive efforts to reduce the risk of the spreading the virus. ”

Helping in stopping the unfold of the virus which is recognized to be bodily contagious, vehicle startup Droom has launched an antimicrobial floor safety defend for automobiles and two-wheelers known as Corona Shield. The agency claims that the defend has been confirmed to be efficient towards Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and related droplet-based viruses for up to 4 months.

This Shield protects surfaces towards dangerous microbes because it prevents the expansion of microorganisms reminiscent of micro organism, algae, yeast, mould, and mildew.

Akshay Singh, VP, Enterprise & Strategy at Droom mentioned, “The accumulation of bacteria on frequently touched surfaces is the key to the transmission of any infection. COVID-19 or the coronavirus can live on a solid surface for a considerable amount of time. So, after 14 days of quarantine, when people are ready to step out of their houses, it is important to ensure that there is no virus left alive in their personal vehicles.”

The defend is priced at Rs 499 for 2-wheeler bike/scooter and Rs 999 for a hatchback.

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