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Management for the neighborhood in Nanjing said sending drones to check temperature avoids cross infection. (Picture: The Paper)

Neighborhood sends drone to check people’s temperature at their windows

Drones are widely used in China’s fight against the coronavirus outbreak

This article originally appeared on ABACUS

How do you check the temperature of people under self-quarantine at home without actually going to visit? A neighborhood in China’s eastern city of Nanjing has a novel solution: Drones.

A video published by Chinese media The Paper shows a DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual equipped with a thermal sensor checking temperatures outside windows. Through a speaker attached to the top of the drone, an operator on the ground asks people to open their windows and stand by while it checks. A community manager said in the video that the thermal sensor is as accurate as a normal infrared thermometer. But in another video, a community staff member said there could be inaccuracies because of the drone’s fan, the weather and the measuring distance. DJI said it recommends using professional medial equipment when checking a person's temperature to reduce inaccuracies.
During the fight against the coronavirus outbreak, China is also using drones to spray disinfectant on streets and to shame people for public gatherings through speakers.

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