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Scanning for Fever with Helmet Cams

In multiple countries, police are scanning civilians for signs of the coronavirus using thermal cameras embedded in their helmets.



The helmets, designed by the Chinese tech company KC Wearable, give cops an augmented reality display that can scan for fevers as well as identify passers-by with facial recognition software, Business Insider reports. Over 1,000 Chinese cops are already using the helmets, as do those in Dubai and Italy — with an undisclosed list of countries plan to start soon.



A law enforcement officer wearing the helmet could do any of the following: Measure the temperature of a specific individual; measure the temperatures of people passing by in larger crowds; scan a person's QR code for personal data; recognize license plates; spot people in the dark; or recognize people using facial recognition.

Any information captured is stored on the helmet itself, the company says.


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