Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to use artificial intelligence (AI) to detect and screen coronavirus patients across Mumbai. The BMC’s technological initiate, developed by an Israel-based startup — Vocalis Health, is first-of-its-kind.

“We signed the MOU on Saturday and the study will start from Wednesday under the supervision of Dr RN Cooper Municipal General Hospital,” Suresh Kakani, additional commissioner, BMC told Hindustan Times.

The AI device is being used to collect the voice samples of human beings residing in different parts of the globe. The newly developed device aims to identify those who are infected by the deadly COVID-19. For part of the study, one can upload his or her voice sample on company’s official website.

A report claims that more than two thousand people with COVID-19 symptoms or those who have high chances of catching the virus will be tested with this method. The study might take two to three months to complete, said the commissioner.

“There is one voice application that can be installed on mobiles or smart laptops. The suspected patient will be asked to count a few numbers in front of the device like a breath-analyser. The voice samples will automatically get synced with the main server of the provider. Then, through artificial intelligence, the result will be procured within 30 seconds,” Dr Neelam Andrade, in-charge of Mumbai’s NESCO jumbo Covid centre, explained the process.