Italy's software company finds way to detect Covid-19 from sound 

WION Web Team
Milan   Published: Mar 23, 2021, 09:53 PM(IST)

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Neosperience President Dario Melpignano said the system, which detects sounds characteristic of the respiratory disease, was more than 80% accurate

Italy's Neosperience has developed a way to detect Covid-19 infections by analysing a person's speech or cough, the software company said, sending its shares up more than 13% on Tuesday. 

Neosperience President Dario Melpignano said the system, which detects sounds characteristic of the respiratory disease, was more than 80% accurate. 

The project was developed with partners and by using artificial intelligence embedded in a cloud platform called Neosperience Health Cloud, which has already been used to analyse chest X-rays, the company said in a statement. 

Neosperience's shares, listed on the Aim section of the Milan Bourse, were automatically suspended after rising 13.5% to 6.50 euros per share. 

"It's just the beginning of a project that has incredible potential because the processing of this sort of data can be effectively used as a screening test," said Alessandro Nizardo Chailly, the chief executive of Neosperience's partner Capsula. 

The recording and analysis model could help to detect and diagnose a wide range of pathogens, added Capsula's scientific adviser Giuseppe Andreoni. 

(With inputs from agencies) 

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