Chinese special weapons in the war against Covid-19

Security personnel use Rokid glasses to monitor body temperature. Photo: Handout.
Security personnel use Rokid glasses to monitor body temperature. Photo: Handout.

Mobile security guards at Hong Nguyen Park can detect a fever with a smart glass measuring body temperature and facial recognition.

In the comics, the dramas and theaters, it is almost impossible to hide Superman with his X-ray eyes, except for places that have lead.

82 years from when this superhero first appeared in Action Comics # 1 in April 1938, the line between science fiction and reality is rapidly blurring in China because of the advances of artificial intelligence. (AI) was used to prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Monitor your body temperature with smart glass

According to SCMP, mobile security personnel at Hong Yuan Park, part of the Xixi Wetland Reserve in Hangzhou, eastern China, can quickly detect the temperature of all travelers from a distance of more than 1 m, thanks to the AI smart glasses provided by startup company Rokid Corp.

The startup says each smart glass user is capable of checking the temperature of several hundred people within 2 minutes – such a range and speed that Superman also wishes – to quickly solve the line of people lining up. goods at the park entrance.

Rokid began widespread deployment of AI-integrated smart glasses to help reduce crowds while the government tried to increase the social communication gap. Many public venues across the country reopened after nearly 2 months of blockade because of Covid-19.

Each Rokid smart glasses weigh about 100 grams, just like normal sunglasses. However, the camera and the attached cable give this product many special capabilities.

The device can send automatic alerts when identifying a subject with a fever and create a digital record. It also supports real-time face recognition and remote connection with other parts.

Founded in 2014 by Misa Zhu Mingming, former leader of an AI research group at Alibaba, Rokid has provided many smart glasses to the Public Security Office and Hangzhou Highway Police Command Center. , the capital of Zhejiang province since January. Traffic management agencies in Huzhou and Quzhou also use this device.

Privacy question mark

Rokid glasses detect, record temperature and transmit signals to the checkpoint. Photo: Handout.
Rokid glasses detect, record temperature and transmit signals to the checkpoint. Photo: Handout.

The outbreak of Covid-19 in China prompted the application of AI to prevent the spread of disease. Some of the initial results include disinfectant spraying robots in treatment areas, a mobile app that tracks people’s travel history, and a voice assistant calling for restrictions on leaving home.

Baidu and Intellifusion say their AI technology is being used at temperature control stations located at Beijing and Shenzhen’s terminals, airports, helping to shorten wait times and reduce the risk of infection. .

Facial recognition has become more common in many daily activities in China, and extensive data collection has also contributed to stopping the spread of corona virus. However, there is still concern about the trade-off between privacy and public health in AI applications like Rokid smart glasses.

On March 25, the World Health Organization (WHO) called for the protection of privacy while countries use modern technology to prevent Covid-19. According to Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO’s emergency medical program, this is the first human pandemic that occurred during the era of information technology boom, widespread social networking and AI being implemented. headlining around the world.

However, on Weibo, China’s most popular social network, an article on Rokid smart glasses posted on March 26 received more than 7,000 likes, partly indicating the acceptance of public data collection technology. its plus and potential applications elsewhere.

“Schools should consult and use it when reopening,” a Weibo user named Rong Shu commented below the article. Nanbeideluoye account said: “We can export technologies like this.”