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Malaysian firm offers AI-based profiling of Chinese visitors for virus

 

Reuters

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  /  Thu, February 20, 2020  /  07:07 pm
Malaysian firm offers AI-based profiling of Chinese visitors for virus

A cleaner sterilizes trolleys at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, following the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China, in Sepang, Malaysia, on February 4, 2020. (REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng)

Malaysia's MYEG Services Bhd said on Wednesday it had developed a coronavirus risk-profiling system for visitors from China and was offering the artificial intelligence-based service to the governments of Malaysia and the Philippines.

Malaysia has imposed a temporary ban on visitors from Chinese provinces placed on lockdown by the China's government, in a bid to stem the spread of the virus. Malaysia has reported 22 infections, and the Philippines has reported three confirmed cases including one death.

MYEG Services Bhd said its system creates a health-risk profile using a person's historical geolocation information and other parameters. MYEG has partnered with Beijing-based travel agency Phoenix Travel Worldwide for the project.

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The fully-automated system analyses a "vast number of available data points, including visitors' previous known whereabouts as well as heart rate and blood pressure readings crossed-referenced against public transportation ridership and exposure to locations with incidences of infections," MYEG said in a statement to the stock exchange.

"In addition, the system provides ongoing engagement with the visitor within the country, thus enabling health authorities to be alerted of any anomalies and to take immediate appropriate measures such as in the event that evacuation or quarantine of affected persons are necessary."

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