Can Radar Remote Life Sensing Technology Help Combat COVID-19?

Shekh M. M. Islam*, Francesco Fioranelli, Victor M. Lubecke

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COVID-19, caused by SARS-CoV-2, is now a global pandemic disease. This outbreak has affected every aspect of life including work, leisure, and interaction with technology. Governments around the world have issued orders for travel bans, social distancing, and lockdown to control the spread of the virus and prevent strain on hospitals. This paper explores potential applications for radar-based non-contact remote respiration sensing technology that may help to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and outlines potential advantages that may also help to reduce the spread of the virus. Applications arising from recent developments in the state of the art for transceiver and signal processing
technologies will be discussed along associated technical implications. These
applications include remote breathing rate monitoring, continuous identity
authentication, occupancy detection, and hand gesture recognition. This paper also highlights future research directions that must be explored further to bring this innovative non-contact sensor technology into real-world implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number648181
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalFrontiers in Communications and Networks
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • radar remote sensing
  • identity authentication
  • gesture recognition
  • occupancy sensing
  • breathing

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