University Partners With Maker of “Pandemic Drones” to Install COVID Detection and Social Distancing System

By B.N. Frank

As American COVID concerns continue to increase, at least one school district has required students and staff to wear Bluetooth-enabled armbands to monitor temperatures. Some colleges are requiring students to install contact tracing apps on their devices. At least one university is paying scientists to collecting and analyzing human waste for contact tracing.

And at least one university has installed technology to scan, monitor, and alert students when they aren’t social distancing. Alabama State University has contracted with Draganfly, a company also known for using their technology to develop “pandemic drones.”

As you’ll see in the following video, the company is also currently working with the University of South Australia and has plans for a “global early warning system.”

 

From Draganfly’s press release:

Vital Intelligence’s Smart Thermal and Vital Sign Screening Detects Potential Symptoms of COVID-19

Los Angeles, CA., Sept. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Draganfly Inc. (OTCQB: DFLYF) (CSE: DFLY) (FSE: 3U8) (“Draganfly” or the “Company”), an award-winning, industry-leading manufacturer and systems developer is pleased to announce that Alabama State University (“ASU”) has selected Draganfly’s Vital Intelligence Smart Thermal Temperature Assessment Stations, Vital Signs Assessment Stations and Social Distancing awareness technologies to be used campus-wide to detect potential symptoms of COVID-19.

Draganfly’s Vital Intelligence Smart Thermal Assessment Station and Vital Sign Screening technology provides a quick, non-invasive (contactless) and anonymous measurement of an elevated body temperature and, with voluntary consent, heart rate, respiratory rate and O2 saturation, all from a camera that takes seconds to capture. The Social Distancing Awareness unit ensures compliance with social distancing guidelines.

Alabama State University has agreed to purchase and install 5 Smart Thermal and Vital Sign Assessment units and 5 Social Distancing Awareness units to be stationed across the campus and accessible by its staff, faculty and 4,000-plus students. Individuals who appear to have an elevated temperature could then be screened by a medical professional to confirm the presence of fever.

The Smart Thermal Temperature Assessment Stations, Vital Sign Assessment Stations and Social Distancing units are North American made and owned.

The platform does not register any personal data of the individual being screened. Data provided back to Alabama State University will include the number of individuals screened, number of elevated temperatures and potential cases with elevated vital signs detected and the time it took for each screening. The data will also provide real-time data on the overall health of Alabama State University’s community in relation to scans.

“As we enter into a new school year during this pandemic, the safety of our students, faculty and staff is of utmost importance,” said Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr., President, Alabama State University. “We have implemented a number of safety measures as we prepared for the reopening of the campus. The Smart Thermal Temperature Screening Stations are an added layer of protocols that assist us in identifying and mitigating the risk of the spread of COVID-19. Draganfly has provided us with the approved requirements needed to do this effectively. The stations are an essential tool in screening large groups of people in a short period of time.”

“Re-opening our schools is imperative,” said Sen. Bobby Singleton (D- Greensboro). “We want to implement a safe, accurate and measurable protocol to enable this to happen. With all the fear, uncertainty and loss that COVID-19 has caused, we need to change the landscape of public education in Alabama. I am confident that the Draganfly Vital intelligence platform, which fits with the Safely Opening Schools (SOS) Program, will help to do just that.”

“We are excited that Alabama State University has chosen Draganfly to implement our Vital Intelligence technology on their campus,” said Cameron Chell, CEO of Draganfly. “A screening protocol before entering their on-campus facilities is an important preventative measure during this pandemic. In addition, providing informative data in relation to the number of faculty, staff and students tested can help to assess the overall health of their facility and help to keep their school safe and open.”

As recounted by CNN:

Each thermal scanner costs about $20,000, and each social distancing rig costs about $10,000, according to a representative for Draganfly, the company that makes these stations. The stations at ASU are paid for through money received from the CARES Act.

CNN also offered some rather Orwellian quotes from University president Quinton Ross Jr.:

“Here at Alabama State University it’s really embracing a culture shift,” Ross said, regarding the mandatory mask mandate, and testing of all students, faculty and staff before they returned to campus.

[…]

“I consider myself ‘Big Brother’ because I do want to know who is his positive or negative on this campus,” Ross said, “because that drives the decisions that we make on a daily basis, and we want to make sure that our campus is safe.”

Wireless, “smart” and Internet of Things (IoT) technology is obviously designed to collect data and conduct surveillance (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) which some find creepy enough. Unfortunately, experts have also warned that it’s extremely vulnerable to data leakage and to hackers who additionally can collect personal data, conduct surveillance and even set technology on fire.

All Bluetooth, “Smart” and WiFi technology also emits harmful electromagnetic radiation which can make people AND animals sick (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), disrupt the blood-brain barrier (see 1, 2), increase cancer risk (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) AND reduce immunity to illnesses like, for example, the coronavirus. As if that in itself wasn’t worrisome enough…

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