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Cities look at tech firms to build Coronavirus-fighting tools


Indian cities are asking firms like TCS, Tech Mahindra, Infosys, and HCL to control the spread of coronavirus. In Pune, the adjacent Pimpri-Chinchwad township has asked its smart city planner Tech Mahindra to prevent the spread of coronavirus after few cases were detected earlier. Within three days of being asked by the township, Tech Mahindra has created several new programs to the already existing smart city infra. It is helping in areas like contact tracing and monitoring the public under home quarantine.

Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation commissioner Shravan Hardikar has said that using tech along with the community-led initiatives has put the spread of coronavirus under control. It took 21 days in the township to double the cases of corona from 12 cases in the beginning. Tech Mahindra’s business head said that the township is the first to utilize the smart city infrastructure in the fight against the virus.

Traffic monitoring cameras have been installed by the company. These cameras are being used to track the movements of people during the lockdown. For aerial surveillance, drones are being used and soon geo-fencing is on the cards. This is to make sure that patients stay at the same place during their quarantine time. Also, people are being alerted on when will the pharmacies and other essential stores will be opened in the township.

A disaster management war room has been created by Tech Mahindra which enables the core team to track the active patients. Meanwhile, in UP, HCL Technologies has initiated a control center for Gautam Buddh Nagar Administration to answer the queries asked by the public, related to coronavirus.

In Karnataka, the government has been working along with Infosys to set up a call-center. These call center agents will talk to the people who have come to India from overseas and check if they are maintaining their self-isolation.

In Hyderabad, the Telangana government has built a COVID-19 Monitoring App with the help of a startup, Vera Smart Healthcare. This is to monitor people who are in isolation and provide real-time analytics

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