Israel MoD asks Elbit – IAI to adapt sensors to detect those infected with COVID-19

Israel’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) is working with two Israeli defence companies to develop radar- and electro-optical-based sensors to monitor peoples’ vital signs and identify ones infected with Covid-19. The programme is being led by the National Emergency Team of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) under the MoD.

The ministry made the announcement on 31 March, saying Elbit and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have adapted existing systems. “The data, including pulse, respiratory rate and temperature, are measured remotely using a combination of radar and electro-optical sensors, thus reducing the risk of infection to medical personnel. The next stage of development [is] screening and prioritising patient care based on the analysis of vital data.”

Israel Lupa, executive vice president and chief technological officer of IAI’s Elta division, told Jane’s, “we started looking at a range of solutions, and one of those that emerged was the need to monitor patients remotely before they come into contact with medical personnel in order to prevent infections.” READ THE INTERESTING STORY AT JANE’S DEFENCE WEEKLY