The aerospace company Draganfly he said that it made the first test flights to the US for its "pandemic drones".
Drones are equipped with sensors and computer vision systems that measure the temperature of the body, breathing and heart rate from/up to 57 meters. They can also detect if someone is sneezing, coughing or not following social distancing regulations.
The test flights took place in Westport, Connecticut, which has become a corona virus hotspot after a private party where dozens of people were exposed to the virus.
According to Draganfly, Westport will use the technology to protect high-risk groups, such as the elderly, and more generally, crowds gathered in public places.
Her lieutenant policeWestport's Anthony Prezioso told local news outlet Patch that the tests took place "over the last five days."
"It is expected that this will continue to be the case during the summer months of July and August as we must continue to work to strengthen social distancing measures in order to limit and control the spread of the COVID-19 virus," Prezioso said.
Draganfly says it has worked hard to allay concerns that measures to curb the coronavirus violate privacy.
The company claims that its software uses biometric measurements but does not identify the person and that all the data it collects is anonymous.
"This system, and the cooperation with the public Authorities, are so important, because we do not want to find ourselves again in such a situation where we have to take such drastic actions and take such important decisions that affect not only human life, but also the economy and the world population" , Chell stated.