A high-tech wristband named ‘Hazm’ has been proposed as a way to keep track of those who refuse to respect quarantine restrictions.
In a new project backed by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a bracelet called ‘Hazm’ has been chosen as a potential way forward in Qatar’s fight against the spread of COVID-19.
In April this year, QNRF initiated a research program called Rapid Response Call, aiming to “address the challenges and opportunities presented by sudden and emergent situations such as that of COVID-19”. Out of 230 applicants to the program, 21 research proposals were chosen to receive a grant of up to QR 100,000. Each was given just three months to complete their projects.
Dr Hamid Menouar, a senior research and development expert at Qatar Mobility Innovations Center, is one of QNRF’s awardees. His project focuses on enforcing quarantine rules, having seen “a lack of respect” for them among some supposedly self-quarantined people.
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