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After China, more countries are testing “smart helmets” to combat COVID-19

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries are adopting various solutions to combat the public health crisis that is marking 2020. In the case of the police in China, Dubai and Italy, the bet is being on the use of surveillance helmets possible infected people on the street.

In a video on the YouTube channel of Chinese KC Wearable, the company shows the helmet that launched in March in action. With the help of the equipment and an integrated camera, the police are able to know people's body temperature, as captured by the helmet's infrared camera.

The "smart" helmet was named KC N901 and is equipped with an ARM architecture processor and an augmented reality screen. In this case, the police can detect the temperature of up to 0.3 degrees celsius of citizens at about two meters.

But what else can this equipment do? The police can measure the body temperature of a specific person or people in a crowd, as well as scan a QR code in search of personal data. But, in addition, it becomes possible to recognize license plates, locate people in the dark or detect them through facial recognition. According to the company, all the information is stored in the helmet itself.

In an interview with Business Insider, the global head of KC Wearable, Jie Guo, says that more than 1,000 helmets are already being used in China. However, there are already agreements with other countries in progress.

Enterprise ensures an accuracy of 96% of the equipment

When I need the equipment, Jie Guo explains that it is 96% and that the company performed several tests before launching the helmet. The flexibility of the product has also been highlighted, as it can be placed on a trip, for example.

According to the website, the company has already sent military police helmets from Italy and the Dutch government for testing. In Dubai, the police are also using this equipment.

The helmet costs between 5,000 and 7,000 dollars per unit and the purchase process was also explained by Jie Guo. Customers pre-order samples, test equipment and then place larger orders. In addition to being used by Chinese police, helmets now also help health and safety professionals.

Throughout this pandemic, countries have adopted a variety of "combat" strategies. From a game that helps young people to understand social distance to tracking apps, projects are constantly emerging. In Portugal, the launch of the STAYWAY COVID-19 app, which uses Bluetooth technology, is promised until the end of the month.