Qatar Mobility Innovation Centre (Qmic), Qatar’s First Technology Innovations Institution, is exploring development of new tools by utilising its existing digital platforms and services to assist the government and the community to fight the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the country.
“Access to accurate and relevant location-based data is the key in developing this type of technology," Dr Adnan Abu-Dayya, executive director and CEO of Qmic, told Gulf Times.
"We are assessing and investigating how to use our IoT (Internet of Things) technology knowledge and digital platforms and applications to support the community and the country at large. In particular, we are looking into re-purposing our extensive Wain Mobile platform with new content and capabilities to support the national effort in tackling the impact of this Virus. We will announce the details when our plans become more concrete and finalised,” he explained.
“We have an internal effort to assess and investigate how we can use our existing tools and platforms to support the community. This might be in the form of providing localised information or alerts or guidance. Nothing concrete has been developed as of now. We are exploring all possibilities and our scientists are working on it. But then accessing relevant data is the key factor in this,” Dr Abu-Dayya continued.
The official noted that AI (Artificial Intelligence) and IoT can be used to support in tracking the disease, identifying people at risk, based on actual infections by others as well as diagnosing it effectively and quickly. “However, you need to have access to extensive personal data to be able to do that. China is best suited for this and has done it successfully,” he added.
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