According to The Australian Financial Review, an emerging group of deep tech start-ups are pivoting their technologies and redeploying their staff to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, as the sector begins to treat the outbreak with a wartime mentality.
Entrepreneurs previously tackling problems as varied as occupant sensing, renewable energy and sexually transmitted infection detection have all adapted their businesses over the past few weeks to refocus their efforts on helping solve major problems in containing the coronavirus spread.
Because of the virus, it paused that rollout and the company has thrown its efforts into creating a small artificial intelligence-equipped, shoebox-sized device that sits on a tripod and measures a person's temperature in less than a second. The possibilities for screening the public for virus symptoms were obvious.
The company has already scored a contract with a major south-east Asian government's national border force and a large international airport outside of Asia, and its first Rapid Thermal Pre-Screeners are being shipped.
"The systems in airports require huge camera set-ups and cost around $15,000. Ours is far less expensive, more accurate and can be deployed quicker," Calumino co-founder Marek Steffanson said.
"As well as at airports, they can be used at hotel check-ins, offices, or in aged care centres. A person just looks at the screen and within one second it displays a green or red screen for if their temperature is above or below 37.5 degrees.
"We hope that in April we'll be able to deploy between 20 and 50 units – 50 being the best case if there's no more supply chain disruptions."
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