3 IoT ideas to help stop Corona
Bill Gates already mentioned it in his TED talk in 2015: “The next outbreak, we’re not ready”. In these Corona times, this video is more relevant than ever and probably got a few million extra views. He was right when he stated: “Today the greatest risk of global catastrophe is not a nuclear bomb, it’s a virus. Not missiles, but microbes.” And here’s the catch, we have been investing billions in fighting wars but not in fighting an epidemic. It all boils down to this “We’re not ready”.
He says there is so much technology out there we’re not using that could help fight an outbreak. Sounds like a challenge with our name on it. So we stuck our heads together and got to work. Here are three connected objects we propose to fight Corona and any other virus that might head our way. At least some things are still connected in these times of isolation.
The Fever badge
What makes a virus so difficult to contain is its multiplication effect. Now I’m sure that’s not what Jamie Lidell meant when he sang “Wanna take a trip and multiply.” Sadly a lot of people are spreading the virus without knowing. Those who are infected but show no signs are hard to stop. But even the ones showing early signs are often unaware they’re spreading the virus. That’s where our fever badge comes in.
This badge is connected to a patch on your skin and reveals the slightest symptoms of increased temperature or heart rate. These could be early indications that a person is fighting an illness before getting physically sick. So action can be taken in a much earlier phase. The person wearing the badge can also use it to monitor his/her own health via a self-learning application.
The fever badge would be particularly useful for healthcare and home care workers as they can spread the virus among the most vulnerable. But anybody who comes into contact with a lot of people should have one, people in public functions but also at an office. We all know the mental pressure to still show up for work when you are starting to get sick. Your employer is actually better off with you at home, where you can’t contaminate your co-workers. A badge system with centralized data would take away this pressure. Then it would just be company policy.
If it becomes widely used, it has enormous value in retracing patient zero. It can monitor the spread of disease (through track and trace) and can retroactively determine who could have come into contact with a pathogen.
Connected soap dispenser and taps
Nothing is as easy and important in the fight against a virus like Corona as washing your hands. And a connected soap dispenser and tap with a proximity tag could see to it that really everybody who visits the toilet, washes their hands. When people fail to do so, a noisy alarm could go off, lights could start flashing… or a more subtle notification could be triggered. Whatever has your preference.
In times of a virus outbreak, you want to avoid overflowing emergency rooms.
The waiting times are in part caused by a lack of visibility over hospital occupancy. IoT can be a major help in this. By connecting the hospital beds with a platform, healthcare workers will know exactly which beds are occupied and which are still free, where they are located and even which mattress is used. Through a complimentary maintenance log the quality and hygiene of the mattress can always be guaranteed.
Bagaar for a better world
At Bagaar we want to have a positive impact. That’s not some wishy washy hippie talk, we get excited about projects that make a difference in people’s lives. We are always looking for partners in crime that want to get the ball rolling. Does that sound like you? Reach out to us.