Israel tests AI wastewater-based system to detect COVID-19 outbreaks

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  • Saturday, 01 Aug 2020

JERUSALEM, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Israel has successfully conducted an artificial intelligence (AI) pilot project to locate coronavirus outbreaks by testing sewer water, the Hebrew-language daily newspaper Israel Hayom reported on Friday.

According to the report, the project was carried out in the southern city of Ashkelon, by Kando, an Israeli company of smart wastewater management solutions, along with the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) and Ben Gurion University.

The researchers used Kando's technology, which can identify the outbreaks' location and intensity, providing the data needed to develop and deploy effective responses.

This technology includes an array of sensors, along with advanced algorithms, AI, Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced data modeling methods.

Thus, after placing the sensors in sewage pits throughout Ashkelon, the researchers were able to locate remnants of the coronavirus.

The results indicated an ability to identify early outbreaks at neighborhoods and even at specific streets, by detecting high concentrations of the virus.

Kando CEO Ari Goldfarb told the newspaper that "monitoring sewage water is like conducting a blood test for a whole city."

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