The use of technology is increasing with the change of era. And 2020 will bring a lot of change to us. People have already seen that the whole world is fighting against coronavirus. Every day most people are trying to build new things to overcome with this problem. This coronavirus epidemic can be controlled by using some smart city technology.
In fact, Governments and authorities of some countries are trying to use smart city technology, sensors, and data to track the contacts of people contaminated with the coronavirus. Smart cities help determine whether social distance rules are being maintained. On the other hand, a few applications for smart technology are invaluable, especially in countries like the Korean area where the number of Covid-19 is comparatively low.
Nowadays, most people are trying to work from home. And delivery systems are widely used. So, this is also a good opportunity to stop this epidemic. A recent example comes from the University of Newcastle, which last week explained how they use an array of smart city technology to monitor the effectiveness of the UK government’s social distance system.
The UK is not the only country using smart city technology to fight against the coronavirus. In South Korea, the Ministry of Infrastructure, Land, and Transport and the Ministry of Science and ICT continue to use a system which is called Smart City Data Hub. Two government departments use this platform for search purposes. That process has been used by the South Korean government since March. Basically, it allows them to analyze and monitor data collected from cameras and other sensors for tracking purposes so that a coronavirus can detect whether a patient was recently identified. Similarly, various cities in India have used Smart City Tech for trace communication and monitoring of people subject to segregation. Also, they are now using drones to monitor and confine patients to specific areas. According to officials, the smart city solution is expected to help India reduce the number of coronaviruses.
Meanwhile, according to Edward Snowden statistics have warned that the coronavirus epidemic could give the government the ability to innovate surveillance and data collection. Speaking via video-link at the Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival a few weeks ago, Snowden suggested that new forces could be in place after the epidemic subsides. He also said, after five years later the virus will go, but this data’s still available to them.
A few weeks ago, Apple and Google declared that they’re collaborating on a contact-tracing app. Meanwhile, countries such as the US, Singapore, France, China, and the UK are developing or deploying similar apps. But when everything is combined the security also highly concern for everyone.
Soon, a significant number of countries will increase the use of smart technology to monitor traffic of vehicles and pedestrians, whether people are following the rules of social distance. And after the epidemic, this kind of technology can be used to monitor human behavior in general. But Luke Smith of Newcastle University suggests that certain technologies will be safer than others. So, to overcome the COVID-19 epidemic, we need to rely on global cooperation and above all.
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