Africa is experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak in the continents history. What started as a few cases in Guinea has now spread to Liberia, Sierra Leon and Nigeria along with a few reported cases in Europe and North America. The potential loss of life from this virus is only expected to rise as it spreads into the overcrowded cities of West Africa. Along with the potential loss of life there are also negative effects on the economy. Sierra Leon has seen their economy deflate 30% as a result of the outbreak and Guinea projected GDP growth has fallen from 4.5% to 3.5%.
Researches and doctors all over the world have been working on cure but as of now the best strategy they have is to quarantine the infected. However, many infected people break out of the quarantine zones simply because the regional governments and the World Health Organization (WHO) do not have the resources to maintain the quarantines as they cannot patrol them effectively. The solution to this problem lies in surveillance technology.
Setting up surveillance technology around the quarantine zones would allow the WHO along with the regional governments and aid agencies to monitor every aspect of these zones and most importantly they would be able to detect breaches instantly. Furthermore, the use of constant personnel patrols would no longer be necessary as their role can be allocated to emergency response which means fewer infected people will leave the quarantine. The application of surveillance technology in combating Ebola can also be used on international borders as means to monitor undocumented and documented people who may be carrying the virus.
One of the leading pieces of surveillance technology is Shanghai Metal Corporations surveillance camera. The camera has both medium and long distance laser night vision, and is capable of targeting objects from as far as 2 km away. This product has been widely used for coastal defense, urban look out and other security applications.
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