DRDO develops software tool to track COVID-19 patients in quarantine


The implementation will be carried out in partnership with the Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA), an industrial body of software professionals.

The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has developed a software tool for the application of quarantine, which will be implemented in partnership with the Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA), an industrial body of health professionals. software.

The two organizations signed an agreement on Monday to implement automated management of the software. The pilot for the implementation is likely to start soon.

The DRDO has designed Smart Automated Management of Patients and Risks for Covid-19 (SAMPARC), intelligent software for the application of quarantine or isolation.

The software tool will be a handy tool for law enforcement and health officials as it would allow for intelligent automated tracking of people in quarantine or isolation. It will also generate alerts in the event of violation or deliberate deletion of movement details. This should reduce the monitoring workload for law enforcement or health officials.

The online pact was signed by Dr Rituraj Kumar, Scientist G, Center for AI & Robotics (CAIR) at DRDO and Sundeep Kumar Makthala, Global President, TITA.

The SAMPARC solution can be deployed as a national service by the National Informatics Center (NIC), or can be distributed as a service at the state or regional level.

Based on information provided by police and health authorities, it enables geofencing, facial recognition, data display on the map (with hotspot information, if available).

The deployment of the solution does not involve any cost for the patient and the local authority only needs to position a suitable computer and the software is based on a combination of open source software.

Patient details including name, cell phone number, phone IMEI, quarantine location contact details, length of quarantine, email id and possibly photographs of the patient. patient for AI-based face detection.

The app must be installed on the patient’s smartphone which would automatically send a protected message to the Covid server every 10 minutes. The app would run as a background service which would restart automatically even if the phone was restarted. Based on the requirements of the authorities, the patient will be able to send selfies taken via the SAMPARC application to the server for automated facial recognition based on AI.

“The software would automatically generate an alarm if the patient violates the geographic barrier of their quarantine location with four consecutive entries received from the smartphone. It also sends an alert if the selfie does not match the photo taken while recording. The software would display the potential violations as a red symbol. Once the quarantine period was over, the patient would be removed from follow-up and he could uninstall the SAMPARC application, ”explained Makthala.

“We chose TITA as an implementing partner because it works at the local level and has implemented many programs such as digital literacy, rural citizens connect with doctors through Tconsult, etc. “Said Dr Kumar.


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