digital technologies in the fight against coronavirus

“The technology is really useful for detecting and extinguishing invisible fires.”

The Lives ‘Talk, a wearable livestock tracking device, is another example of C-Lab’s social innovation.  Once attached to the animal as a collar, the GPS-based transceiver tracks the location of the animals in real time.

Meanwhile, Samsung’s Dream Class program offers secondary school students living in areas with limited access to quality education the opportunity to take part in additional classes in subjects such as math and coding.

The Samsung Innovation Campus program offers first-time young people to the labor market hands-on training in the skills they need to work in high technology, including areas such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and data analytics. Taken together, these initiatives reflect Samsung’s ongoing efforts to promote digital responsibility globally.

ASI and HSE study international experience of using digital technologies in the fight against coronavirus

ASI, together with experts from the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, studied foreign practices to combat coronavirus using digital technologies. The study was conducted ahead of the Strong Ideas for a New Time forum, which ASI and the Roscongress Foundation will host in September in Sochi. The analysis of practices was carried out for one of the tracks of the forum – “New technological policy”.
For several months of the pandemic, a new direction for the use of digital technologies has appeared – CovidTech. More than 1,000 initiatives in this area are represented on the Startup Blink global innovation map. The interest of companies in the United States, Britain, Austria, Canada in these technologies is largely due to financial support from private, public and international funds and programs focused on finding methods to combat coronavirus.

According to experts, the role of artificial intelligence, 5G cellular networks and innovative medical technologies will increase in the post-view period.

Morbidity monitoring, diagnostics and telemedicine

Tracking and movement control systems have become one of the main tools in the fight against the increase in morbidity. In China, there are already examples of transforming applications for tracking and diagnosing COVID-19 into services for maintaining a medical profile of citizens. New COVID-19 tracking applications are emerging and are increasingly being developed open source.

In Argentina, the online Coatrack application is freely available, providing information on the symptoms of the virus, self-diagnosis and viewing an updated distribution map. The COVID-19 Symptom Tracker app in the UK helps researchers determine how quickly the virus is spreading in different areas and who is most at risk of infection.

In China, the Liane Technology epidemic monitoring platform was launched, which monitors the spread of COVID-19 in all provinces in real time and uses blockchain technology to eliminate the possibility of data falsification. Internet company Jiho 360 has released a map that allows you to see trends in population migration from January 1, 2020, which helps to predict the epidemiological situation in the epidemic in the country. Wuhan Guide Infrared has introduced a new technology for measuring body temperature using computer vision.

Trace Together, a Singapore-based app, tracks close contacts of people infected with the coronavirus based on an analysis of the duration of meetings between users and sends this data to hospitals and the Ministry of Health.

Collaboration and cooperation

The need to join forces to combat COVID-19 is driving increased technological collaboration between companies, research institutes and authorities.

Digital platforms have also emerged in China to support the development of new drugs. Alibaba Cloud has announced that it will provide its artificial intelligence computing capabilities at no cost to government research institutions around the world to help develop new drugs and vaccines against the virus. Baidu has donated its computing and software resources to gene testing organizations and research institutes around the world. Didi taxi service opened access to cloud computing resources. In the United States, the White House partnered with IBM, Google, Amazon and Microsoft to help researchers perform large amounts of epidemiology, bioinformatics, and molecular modeling computations using high-performance systems.

The UK government is funding CoronaHack – AI vs. COVID-19, a series of hackathons on the use of artificial intelligence to control the pandemic, from intensive care and rapid training of medical personnel to supporting people in self-isolation. As part of the project, the European Commission, as part of the AI-Robotics vs COVID-19 initiative, is collecting AI and robotics solutions that can help prevent, diagnose or treat COVID-19. The decision bank will be available to citizens and businesses.

Italy launched the Digital Solidarity project, in which companies provide digital services and products for the country’s population free of charge. The US government, along with academics and industry organizations, launched the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Challenge on March 16, publishing 30,000 scientific articles about the coronavirus. On the same day, the U.S. Digital Response on sharing data and engaging digital volunteer experts with state and local teams.