Uganda produces phone that can detect possible Covid-19 symptom

Uganda produces phone that can detect possible Covid-19 symptom

- Uganda has progressed in its fight against Covid-19 as it developed a smartphone, the G507 model, that can read temperature

- With an inbuilt sensor, the phone is coming as a potential replacement to the 'temperature gun's that are presently in wide use

- SIMI Mobel, the company behind the innovation, said that it is working on partnering with the Ugandan government as a way to make the phone affordable

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A smartphone developed in Uganda, the G507, allows users to take their temperatures and detect a potential Covid-19 symptom, serving as a brilliant alternative to temperature guns.

The phone was developed by a tech company in the country called SIMI Mobile. In a video documentary by Bloomberg QuickTake, it was revealed that the phone has an inbuilt infrared sensor to enable it carry out the function.

David Beecham Okware, an official of the company, said that though many people in the country may not be able to afford the phone as it is roughly $100, he hopes a foreseeable partnership with the government through the ministry of health will greatly reduce the price.

A collage of a health official reading a person's temperature with the device and the picture of Covid-19. Photo source: Bloomberg/New Scientist

A collage of a health official reading a person's temperature with the device and the picture of Covid-19. Photo source: Bloomberg/New Scientist
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It should be noted that the phone was built in partnership with a Chinese firm and the production process took four months.

“In this built-in gun temperature in the phone, it does what they call self-calibration. As long as you’ve configured your phone and you’re connected to the internet, the phone does self-calibration which may be quite different from other gun temperatures, which require regular calibration to give you accurate information or an accurate result of the test,” he said.

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In reacting to the development, Emmanuel Ainebyoona from the ministry said that the device is a solution that the country needs at a critical time like this. He hopes it will go through required approvals to make it okay for public use.

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Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that the Nigerian federal government has procured robots to screen passengers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja ahead of the planned reopening of the Nigerian airspace.

The robots were unveiled on Saturday, June 27, when the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria conducted simulation exercise at the Abuja airport to test all the protocols designed to contain the spread of Covid-19 ahead of flight resumption.

Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, noted that intending passengers on international flights may have to be at the airport five hours before their flight’s take-off.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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