Leveraging data from sewage water to protect communities
Kickstart AI vs COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive effect on our everyday lives. The pressure on hospitals and medical professionals reached incredible proportions. Lockdowns created a struggle for individuals and businesses, everyone was doing what they could to maintain some semblance of normality. The worst is hopefully over now, but the risk of another outbreak still lingers.
Luckily, during the height of the pandemic a team of heroic data scientists and software engineers from Ahold Delhaize, ING, KLM, Philips and NS came together to fight back. Using measurements of viral load in sewage water samples from around the Netherlands, they developed a model to predict major coronavirus outbreaks before they could spread. The model was developed into a production-ready and platform-agnostic early warning system and handed over to the Landelijke Meldkamer Samenwerking (LMS) and the Instituut Fysieke Veiligheid (IFV), where it can make a real impact preventing future outbreaks.