By Gavin Gibbon
Technology will determine which government buildings can be utilised to help medical sector during crisis
A smart platform launched by the Ministry of Infrastructure Development in the UAE can identify population density and death toll from Covid-19 in each area across the country.
The technology is aimed at assisting authorities determine where it would be most appropriate to turn government buildings into health or storage facilities to help the medical sector in curbing the spread of coronavirus.
The platform uses AI techniques in providing spatial and statistical data in collaboration with a number of relevant government departments.
Fatima Al Abdouli, spokesperson for the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, said: “The platform utilises smart analytical tools to prepare preliminary studies for managing government facilities in a way that ensures rapid response and optimum utilisation of available resources in times of distress.”
The platform takes data from more than 3,500 government establishments, over six million square metres, that can accommodate over 500,000 people.
She said: ”As such, the platform will be able to fulfil the requirements of the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, as well as other relevant authorities."
The platform “enables decision-makers to determine the need for certain government buildings and establishments in times of crisis depending on their proximity to residential areas and health facilities”.
She highlighted four smart tools used by the platform. "The first tool is the use of interactive maps displaying various possible scenarios to determine how far an establishment is ready as a facility to support efforts to face this crisis,” she said.
"The second tool is a smart board to monitor and determine the readiness of these establishments in terms of their capacity, workforce size, and total area. The third tool includes demographic and thermal maps to monitor the population distribution. The fourth is a monitor of sanitisation operations to follow up on the disinfection of government establishments in order to use them as support facilities."