Great news: Drones eyed in two states detect fever in humans from altitude of 300 feet

Great news: Drones eyed in two states detect fever in humans from altitude of 300 feet

[Ed. – What could go wrong?]

Last month, police departments in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Connecticut unveiled what was initially touted as a potential new tool against a pandemic: drones capable of taking a person’s temperature from 300 feet in the air.

Both agencies quickly backtracked on using the machines to track the novel coronavirus after backlash from civil liberty groups warning about the implications of a “Big Doctor” in the sky singling out people simply for running a fever, when it might be nothing more than a more common and less deadly flu.

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But after public backlash, Westport police killed the plan before it was activated. … Daytona Beach Police spokesman Messod Bendayon conceded the drone had been used but not to search public spaces for random fevers. …

“When we use the drone, obviously, the infrared is on,” Bendayon said. “It can read people’s temperatures. But using it for that purpose, no.”

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