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College freshmen in Vietnam launch automated medical screening, reminder system to combat COVID-19

College freshmen in Vietnam launch automated medical screening, reminder system to combat COVID-19

Sunday, May 30, 2021, 11:22 GMT+7
College freshmen in Vietnam launch automated medical screening, reminder system to combat COVID-19
Leaders of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology at the acceptance test for BK M.C.E’s COVID-19 screening system. Photo: Thy Huyen / Tuoi Tre

Team BK M.C.E., consisting of eight first-year students at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT), has successfully utilized the Internet of Things (IoT) and facial recognition technologies to create a screening system capable of monitoring the risk of COVID-19 infection at campus entrances.

The team’s system is centered around the idea of a screening booth which can check whether an occupant is wearing a face mask, as well as measure body temperature and dispense hand sanitizer.  

The system also employs IoT and facial recognition technology to identify each occupant along with his/her staff or student ID number – a crucial aid in contact tracing efforts, according to BK M.C.E. member Cao Khanh Gia Hy. 

The system has so far been endorsed by the university’s management, who both approved the idea as a university-level science project and granted the team access to the institution’s labs and materials.

Members of BK M.C.E work on their COVID-19 screening system. Photo: Thy Huyen / Tuoi Tre
Members of BK M.C.E work on their COVID-19 screening system. Photo: Thy Huyen / Tuoi Tre

HCMUT lecturers Assoc. Prof. Dr. Quan Thanh Tho, Dr. Le Thanh Long and Dr. Vo Thanh Hang mentored the team throughout the creation process.

The team is currently working to finalize the system’s software and hardware before installing it at the HCMUT campus in June, as requested by the school leaders.

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