Risk Prevention of Spreading Emerging Infectious Diseases Using a HybridCrowdsensing Paradigm, Optical Sensors, and Smartphone

  • Thierry Edoh
Mobile & Wireless Health
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  1. Mobile & Wireless Health


The risk of spreading diseases within (ad-hoc)crowds and the need to pervasively screen asymptomatic individuals to protect the population against emerging infectious diseases, request permanentcrowd surveillance., particularly in high-risk regions. Thecase of Ebola epidemic in West Africa in recent years has shown the need for pervasive screening. The trend today in diseases surveillance is consisting of epidemiological data collection about emerging infectious diseases using social media, wearable sensors systems, or mobile applications and data analysis. This approach presents various limitations. This paper proposes a novel approach for diseases monitoring and risk prevention of spreading infectious diseases. The proposed approach, aiming at overcoming the limitation of existing disease surveillance approaches, combines the hybrid crowdsensing paradigm with sensing individuals’ bio-signals using optical sensors for monitoring any risks of spreading emerging infectious diseases in any (ad-hoc) crowds. A proof-of-concept has been performed using a drone armed with a cat s60 smartphone featuring a Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) camera. According to the results of the conducted experiment, the concept has the potential to improve the conventional epidemiological data collection. The measurement is reliable, and the recorded data are valid. The measurement error rates are about 8%.


Fiber Bragg grating sensors Crowdsourced data Internet of health things Hybrid crowdsensing Health Emerging infectious diseases 



This study received no funding. Funding grant will be applied for follow-up works.

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Conflict of Interest

Author Edoh declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study. (for details see section 3/subsection 3.3).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Technical University of MunichMunichGermany

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