Software giant Microsoft is all set to lend a helping hand to the Healthcare industry. The company has found a unique and little wierd way to combine technology with health in its new project called Project Premonition. With this new Microsoft Research project aims to use autonomous drones, cutting-edge molecular biology and advanced cloud-based data analytics to detect early signs that potentially harmful diseases are spreading.
The new project will see genomics, autonomous drones and cloud computing, all coming together in a mission to neutralise the disease epidemics right at its source.
With this new project, Microsoft aims to make use of drone technology to gain access to inhospitable areas in order to analyse and assess the genetic data of misquotes and predict the possibility of a disease outbreak.
Researchers are hopefully that the project will go entirely live in another five years but the path is not all that rosy. Firstly, legal permissions need to be taken from the aviation Authority and secondly, the researchers will have to figure out to way to ensure that the drones function autonomously.
When successful, the technology will be able to predict the emerging epidemics and create a cloud-based database of emerging diseases such as the recent Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Ebola.
More than one million people all around the world fall victim to misquotes borne diseases every year. While Malaria affects about 500 million people every year, dengue affects another 100 million.
The project will involve using traps in order to lure in mosquitoes while making sure that other species of the insect are not collected.
These traps will then be placed over areas. The usage of drones over personal human collection for traps will ensure that even remote areas where the humans can’t reach that easily are also covered. The data collected will then be saved in a cloud-based system, which the epidemiologists will then use to predict the likelihood of outbreaks of infectious diseases.
The project could prove to work as breakthrough in tracking and predicting other emerging diseases whose pathogens are previously unknown. Since pathogens are known to take shelter in animals, who are also the primary source of blood for the misquotes, the new project hopes to analyse the misquotes genes in order to identify any emerging infections diseases.