Draganfly (DFLY.C) has added an oxygen saturation (SpO2) feature to their vital intelligence assessment technology, according to a press release.

The general functionality of this new device is that it takes measurements of the amount of blood oxygen saturation is present in a person’s face, all from a video stream. Blood oxygen saturation determines how well the lungs are absorbing oxygen and the circulatory system is transporting it around the body.

“The blood oxygen gauge our team developed for the Vital Intelligence project shows the enormous potential of streaming video for remote detection of many health conditions,” said Dr. Javaan Chahl, chief scientist of Draganfly’s vital intelligence technology and chair of sensor systems at the University of South Australia.

A person’s SpO2 level is measured by connected sensors that project light through a finger or earlobe, and prior to this, there hasn’t been a real way to assess this without coming into direct contact with the person. We obviously can’t do that during the COVID-19 era, and a low Sp02 level has become one of the key ways we can determine if an individual has COVID-19.

Appraisal of SpO2 is part of Draganfly’s Vital Intelligence Assessment Technology, which measures other indicators like heart and respiratory rates, and it’s designed to increase the chances of finding an illness using a camera instead of through contact sensors. This reduces the probability of infection, and it can be much faster and used remotely as a telehealth tool.

“The team at Draganfly has been working tirelessly on product advancements to help to ensure that our camera technology is effective in flattening the curve by screening key potential symptoms related to COVID-19 with the Vital Intelligence technology,” said Cameron Chell, Draganfly CEO. “This vital sign assessment of SpO2 along with heart rate, respiratory rate and other vital signs through video is a game changer in telehealth and overall health security in our society.”

The SpO2 sensor has been integrated with Draganfly’s camera tech and is available on their vital entrance kiosks for third party telehealth developers through an API.

—Joseph Morton

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Joseph is a Vancouver-based author and journalist with both a communications degree and journalism diploma (and a few novels) under his belt. His joie de vivre is to spin difficult technical topics into more human-centric narratives. Buy him a coffee and he'll talk your ear off for hours about privacy issues, blockchain, cryptocurrency and martial arts. Don't talk to him if you're either a tomato, a bully, or if you're not a fan of either 1984 or Tender is the Night. No. You can still talk to him. Just be prepared to be told why you're wrong.

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