Honolulu police using robot dog to take temperatures of homeless people

Honolulu police using robot dog to take temperatures of homeless people
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Hawaiian police have enlisted the help of a robot dog as a means to aid infection mitigation efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

The dog, known as SPOT, has been used by the Honolulu Police Department to scan the temperatures of homeless citizens at police-run shelters, according to Hawaii News Now. SPOT is able to scan temperatures from approximately six feet away and then generate a photo of the person, along with their temperature, on its monitor.

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SPOT, which was bought using federal funds received via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, cost roughly $150,000, according to the outlet. In March 2020, former President Donald Trump signed the $2.2. trillion CARES Act into effect after it passed in the House and Senate.

A person who had tested positive for COVID-19 at the Homeless Outreach and Navigation for Unsheltered Persons facility was helped Sunday by SPOT. While police officers were on the way, the department confirmed, according to the outlet, that SPOT was able to assist in delivering "food and water" to the person.

HONU, which opened in December 2019, has seen a reported 1,750 deaths of homeless people. Out of this number, only 14 people have tested positive for the coronavirus since March 2020, according to the outlet.

The use of SPOT has allowed employees and staff in the department to keep distance from people as an additional means to combat the spread of the virus, according to the outlet.

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On May 14, the Honolulu Police Department unveiled the new robot dog, providing a demo on how the department's newest helper worked and what tasks it was capable of performing.

The Washington Examiner reached out to the Honolulu Police Department for a comment but did not immediately receive a response.

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