CDS helps British Army fight Ebola with Kinect-enabled video kiosk

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 06 February 2015
CDS helps British Army fight Ebola with Kinect-enabled video kiosk

UK-based communications solutions company CDS has developed a new video kiosk that is using the power of Microsoft Kinect to help fight Ebola.

The company was asked by the British Army to develop a touch-free interactive kiosk that could be used by people who may have contracted the Ebola virus.

Part of a government-sponsored mission named Operation Gritrock, the kiosk will use video to provide vital information to people that may have been infected by the Ebola virus.

CDS created a customised Windows 8.1 application using the Kinect application program interface (API), and the kiosk uses a Microsoft Kinect for Windows v2 sensor to deliver a gesture-driven solution. 

The British Army has sent 800 army personnel to affected areas of West Africa to help combat the spread of Ebola, and the Kinect-enabled video kiosk will form an important part of their work in the region.

The video kiosk will allow people that may potentially have contracted Ebola to learn about symptoms and care options without contaminating the kiosk equipment with bodily fluids that can harbour the Ebola organism.

“It is always gratifying to work on solutions that make a difference, and this project has certainly been a project to be proud of for all associated with it,” said Mike Collier, technical director, CDS.

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