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DOST unveils 6 technologies being developed against COVID-19

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Tuesday unveiled six technologies that are currently being developed to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019.

In a statement, DOST Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara lauded the scientists behind the inventions.

“We thank our Filipino researchers for making change happen through these technologies that we are working on," Guevara said.

"We hope to see them soonest in the hands of our frontliners and the general public who is greatly affected by COVID19,” she added.

The following are the technologies unveiled by the DOST- Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development:

Mobile AI-enabled thermal scanners


All photos: DOST-PCIEERD
All photos: DOST-PCIEERD

Attached to drones, these six artificial-intelligence-powered thermal scanners can identify individuals with high body temperatures.

The drones can reportedly provide real-time data transmission. They are also equipped with GPS and have a two-kilometer range for communication.

The scanners are being developed in partnership with DWARM Technologies, FEU Institute of Technology Innovation Center, UPSCALE Innovation Hub, Orbital Exploration Technologies, and PLDT innohub.

Nanotechnology-enhanced sanitizers



Developed by the Central Luzon State University Nanotech Laboratory, the nanotechnology-enhanced ethyl alcohol and hand sanitizers reportedly contain a mixture that is " proven effective against H1N1 influenza and SARS viruses."

3D-printed face shields 



The Bataan Peninsula State University with other partners are developing 3D-printed face shields for health workers.

Reusable face masks 




According to the DOST, the Philippine Textile Research Institute is working on the production of 500,000 washable face masks that can be reused up to 50 times.

Big Data Analytics for Quarantine Policies




The simulation results of this innovation showed the relative intensities of incoming traffic at Metro Manila's various entry points, according to the statement.

This may be used by authorities to manage checkpoints in the region.

Pinoy Animation Laban sa COVID19  



These include infographics on the virus for public health awareness in coordination with the Toon City Academy.

According to the DOST, four of these have already been aired on mainstream and social media, while two more will follow. — Joahna Lei Casilao/BM, GMA News