The entire world has come together to save humanity from the clutches of one of the worst pandemics in history. Every industry has joined hands with the frontline workers to fight COVID-19, and they are utilizing all kinds of technology to the fullest. The healthcare sector is going the extra mile to make the most of its resources and that of others. Industrial collaboration, seamless processes, and advances in technologies are the only means, right now, to survive and come out of the crisis. From 3D manufacture of protective equipment to data analysis and storage, we are in a situation, where digital processes are reigning supreme. In fact, there has been a huge jump in digital data consumption in the last year. From eCommerce shopping to online working, the amount of data generated in 2020 is way greater than the previous years combined.
According to a report by Sigma, there will be a 700% increase in this amount by the end of 2021. And in the next two years, many big enterprises will end up storing their data on public cloud warehouses, like Amazon Redshift, Snowflake, or Google Big Query. But today’s topic is not about data storage or its benefits. As the title reveals, it is about how cloud storage can help the people in the pandemic. And that is a bit tricky to answer, to be precise.
How cloud data is already helping in the pandemic crisis
The entire world is suffering from the disastrous second/third wave of the coronavirus pandemic right now. But the only hope is, we already know the alternatives to our normal functioning in life. Last year, it had been more difficult, as it was all new for us. Today, companies have developed seamless WFH systems and policies to keep the show on. They have also set up data storage infrastructure to stay connected beyond geographical barriers and take telecommuting to the next level. As a result, more people are working from the safety of their homes, thus reducing the risks of contracting the infection.
Remote teams are now able to stay connected effectively through well-knitted cloud infrastructure. While cloud security is a primary concern for top officials in the government and private sectors, they had enough time last year to identify security threats and mitigate them. At present, industries dealing with automobile, food and beverage, essential goods, construction materials, software, and services are the biggest spenders in cloud computing and storage, besides the quintessential healthcare and financial sectors. About 70% of businesses are ready to up their cloud investment to stay ahead of the curve.
All these trends converge into the same thing - the safety of the people through social distancing. As more conventional data storage systems get replaced by the cloud, people won’t need to leave their houses to lead a stress-free life. Everyone is saying the same thing - stay at home, and stay absolutely safe. No amount of protection outside seems to give you 100% prevention. Even the vaccines have been proved to reduce the virility of the virus but not make you completely invincible. So the best thing, now, will be to stay at home and make the most of cloud systems to carry on with your life.
However, there is one more thing that cloud storage is helping in, i.e., the storage of medical data, like vital stats, previous exposure to the infection, vaccination, patients’ information, drug allergies, etc. The cloud has proved quite beneficial to store all kinds of data that may be useful later. Unlike manual storage, one can access the cloud data from anywhere in the world. All one needs to do is log in to the cloud system and download the much-needed data whenever required. You can also access these data from any device, depending on the type of cloud system you choose to set up.
Why it is important to store temperature data
Fever is one of the main symptoms of COVID-19 infections, no matter what strain of virus is in the body of the patient. Except for the asymptomatic ones, about 48% of patients show elevations of temperature levels, thus making it important to store their data to track infection graphs later. As thousands of people get scanned at public places every day, it can take a toll for the hardware of any device to store all that data for future reference. But with the cloud, there is no limit to the amount of data you can store. Hence, cloud data storage systems have been proved to be extremely beneficial in the pandemic, storing the details of people having fever and tracking them down if needed later.
Let us help you understand with an example. Say, a person with fever is stopped from entering a public place and send back. If other people come in contact with him, the authorities can track them down to detect an infection graph that may originate from the person, who first had the infection. It helps in micro-containment and isolation of the infected population to save the rest. Hence, many IR thermometers now come with cloud storage to help store such vital information about infected people. Scroll on to know more about these devices, and how they can help people during the pandemic.
Temperature tracking made easier with IR fever scanners
Workplace temperature scanning had never been this crucial before. From big enterprises like Amazon and Walmart to smaller startups, everyone is installing IR scanners in their office buildings to track and measure the temperature of all people entering the premises. It is a regular thing now. Although it is best to track your temperature before you leave home for work, some people may miss it during the rush hours of the day. Hence, these systems put in place in the office buildings and other public places, like airports, shopping malls, factories, and retail stores, can scan their temperatures to note anomalies and take appropriate actions.
If the temperature of a person is above 100 F, it is evident that his/her body is fighting an infection, which may or may not is COVID-19. However, it is best for the sake of others to prevent that person from entering a public place, until he/she gets tested negative for COVID-19. And when they do, the data from before can be tracked and measured against the current data to allow entry into the premises. This creates constant temperature surveillance, which helps prevent the infection from spreading to a good extent.
What the challenges of depending on IR thermometers in the pandemic?
The Infrared or IR thermometers detect and measure the heat radiating from an object, immobile or mobile to give an idea about its temperature. For innate objects, it is rather easy, as those do not suffer from temperature fluctuations due to external weather conditions. But in the case of humans, the external weather influences the temperature on the surface of the skin, which is measured by the IR scanners. Therefore, the system may not be so accurate at times, as many factors affect the temperature of the skin surface, like the climate, alcohol consumption, food, and even anxiety. In such cases, even a person with no fever may get detected with it, while someone with fever may go undetected.
Similarly, most conventional IR thermometers cannot measure temperatures beyond a certain range, generally, 70-94 F. Plus, they may show inaccuracies when used in direct sunlight, as the UV rays affect the readings. This happens especially in the case of handheld scanners that are not programmed entirely for outdoor usage.
So, what can one do? How to find the right device for measuring temperatures outside and accurately?
Machine Sense to the rescue
FeverWarn, the IR temperature scanner developed by our engineers at Machine Sense, one of the reputed and popular tech companies in the US, can help overcome such challenges. Our exceptional IR fever scanners can be used outdoors without worrying about inaccurate readings. With the incorporation of OPX technology that extends the infrared scanning bandwidth by about 50%, our IR scanners are unaffected by external weather conditions. Each device is also packed with geometry sensors and special AI algorithms to increase the accuracy of scanning both indoors and outdoors. What more? FeverWarn comes with sufficient cloud storage to store the temperature data and other details for future references.
If you are looking forward to a feasible and effective IR fever scanner to fight the pandemic, give FeverWarn a chance to serve you well. You can contact us to more about the device and its functionalities.