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Connecticut City Testing Drone That Detects Fevers, Coughs


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An aerial drone.

Police in Westport, CT, are testing a "pandemic drone" that will use its sensors to detect fever temperatures, heart rates, sneezing, and coughing in crowds.

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A "pandemic drone" being tested by police in Westport, CT, in cooperation with drone manufacturer Draganfly, will use sensors to detect fever temperatures, heart rates, sneezing, and coughing in crowds.

Police say the drone can monitor body temperatures from altitudes of nearly 200 feet.

The drone will not be used on private property, and is not equipped with facial recognition technology.

Said Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas, "Using drones remains a go-to technology for reaching remote areas with little to no manpower required. Because of this technology, our officers will have the information and quality data they need to make the best decision in any given situation."

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