COVID-19 Sensors in Development

COVID-19 Sensors in Development

June 7, 2020

Will bomb sniffing dogs find themselves out of work?  Technology originally being developed to identify chemicals or explosives in airports and planes is now being repurposed to seek and find people carrying coronavirus.

Airbus and California tech start-up, Koniku, are developing a contactless screening sensor that can detect the presence of COVID-19 in people’s breath or sweat, even if they are unaware that they are infected.  Sensors can be mounted on airport or airplane walls. An alarm would sound if an infected person walks by.

Testing in airports could begin as early as the end of the year.


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This post is based on the Fox News article, Airbus eyeing “smell sensors” capable of detecting coronavirus on planes, by Brooke Crothers, May 7, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Westend61/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. Where in the product life cycle is the idea of using smell sensors to detect disease?

Guidance: While dogs have Continue reading

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Drones to Deliver Floridian Meds

Drones to Deliver Floridian Meds

Florida’s retirees can soon receive their prescription drugs from CVS delivered by UPS’s drones.

The touchless prescription drug delivery helps protect seniors from COVID-19 as they are more vulnerable to contracting the virus, and have a higher risk of severe illness and death.


Video Spotlight: UPS and CVS make residential drone delivery (Nov 5, 2019, UPS)


This post is based on the Tech Crunch article, UPS and CVS will offer prescription drug delivery to Florida community via drone, by Brian Heater, April 27, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock / happyphotons

Discussion Questions:

1. Is the drone prescription drug delivery a successful service design for CVS? Explain.

Guidance: It is a successful service design because it focuses on delivering prescription drugs safely and efficiently to its most vulnerable customers, i.e., seniors.  The human factor is key to CVS’s operations. Drone delivery enhances its customer satisfaction, particularly with seniors.

2. How does CVS manage logistics challenges in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Guidance:  CVS has partnered with UPS to use drones to deliver prescription drug to retirees in Florida. This addresses the logistics challenge of limited Continue reading

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McDonald’s Suspends All-Day Breakfast

McDonald’s Suspends All-Day Breakfast

With the coronavirus pandemic, many restaurants have ceased operations.  Others, such as McDonald’s have closed their dining rooms and continue to sell their product through drive-thru, carry-out, or delivery.  McDonald’s has even waived its delivery fees.

By removing the all-day breakfast items, McDonald’s has simplified its operations.  Further menu reductions may be coming.


Video Spotlight: McDonald’s pulls all-day breakfast (Mar 26, 2020, WTHR)


This post is based on the Thrillist article, McDonald’s Is Suspending Its All Day Breakfast Menu, by Bloomberg News, March 26, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock / Luca Santilli

Discussion Questions:

1. Why eliminate the all-day breakfast?

Guidance: With added pressure on drive-thru, carry-out, and delivery as a result of the coronavirus, simplifying operations makes sense.  It will allow for the more efficient production of a reduced menu.  It should increase McDonald’s ability to fill orders, and reduce waiting lines.  In many cases, this can be done with fewer workers.

2. What problems does removing the all-day breakfast pose to McDonald’s?

Guidance:  The all-day breakfast has been a great success for McDonald’s, including boosting fourth quarter sales Continue reading

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