The United Arab Emirates is upping their technology in the battle against COVID-19 by having workers at an industrial park in Dubai build sanitation gates that disinfect and check people’s temperatures. The project is being spearheaded by a Syrian entrepreneur, Husam Zammar of Guard ME that builds such gates for government and commercial clients.
Guard ME constructs the gates out of metal frames, galvanized steel, and temperature-checking equipment from China. Upon entering a business or office, one must enter a sanitation gate and first undergo a temperature check, then walk through a disinfectant mist that’s created ultrasonically. Although the sanitation gate won’t be able to detect an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19, it will still offer people peace of mind, Zammar pointed out to The Associated Press.
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The UAE is a federation of seven sheikhdoms where foreigners make up 90% of the population. This measure is a look into the future, or the “new normal” of this thriving desert city-state amid the coronavirus pandemic.