For global economies to reopen successfully, people need to feel confident and safe. That being the case, some companies are racing to secure the health and safety of customers.
Employees at Walmart and Amazon, for example will now have their temperatures taken before they start their day, as reported by CNBC. Home Depot is providing employees with thermometers to check on potential fevers at home. Grocers and retailers have raced to install security precautions, as well.
In Canada, for example, The Digital Technology Supercluster is investing $60 million to help deliver solutions to some of the biggest health and safety issues plaguing the country at the moment. “Toronto’s DNAstack has developed a new cloud-based network that will allow researchers from around the world to safely and securely share data as they research ways to improve the world’s ability to diagnose and treat COVID-19 patients,” they note.
“Finger Food Advanced Technology Group, alongside its partners, is developing a new tool for decision-makers to better forecast emerging pandemics. By predicting regional needs and allowing for fast and effective planning we can have targeted deployment of resources.”
Patriot One Technologies Inc. (TSX:PAT)(OTCQX:PTOTF) for example is moving forward with its PATSCAN VRS health and safety detection modules for thermal elevated body temperature, facial mask screening, social distancing and contact tracing, as part of the Company’s video object recognition solution, as well.
Some of the other top companies racing to assist in the global pandemic include Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI), FLIR Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Everbridge Inc. (NASDAQ:EVBG).
Patriot One Technologies Inc. (TSX:PAT)(OTCQX:PTOTF) BREAKING NEWS: Patriot One Technologies Inc. announced it has been selected by Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster for participation in a funding program for up to $4.5 million (CAD) in co-investment for the PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Threat Detection Platform (the “PATSCAN Platform”). This investment is proposed to fund the advanced development and deployment of the PATSCAN VRS health and safety detection modules for thermal elevated body temperature, facial mask screening, social distancing and contact tracing as part of the Company’s suite of video object recognition solutions.
The co-investment is subject to the completion of a definitive contract, which proposes to release funding under a two-stage approach to develop and deploy (a) a thermal screening module that highlights persons presenting with elevated temperatures in real-time, using commodity-priced thermal cameras, (b) additional computer modules that detect the presence or non-presence of medical and non-medical masks and face coverings, and the ability to highlight persons and problem areas where social distance requirements are not being maintained, and (c) cross-location monitoring and prediction of future outbreaks based on the overall trending of a combination of quantifiable indicators. Stage one is proposed to comprise up to $2.25 Million in Investment funding to demonstrate the development and deployment of Modules over a four to six-month timeframe on-site with five or more co-development customers, and commercial validation by one or more customers recruited as a co-development partner for Stage two. Following a successful Stage One deployment, the Company will receive a second Investment advance of up to $2.25 Million over a six to eight-month timeframe to refine the Health & Safety Modules and redeploy same with Stage One partners and customer(s). Expenses eligible for Investment are subject to the Supercluster’s COVID-19 Program Co-Investment Guidelines.
The Health & Safety Modules are additional video object recognition solutions that have been added to the PATSCAN Platform, which also includes weapon detection, disturbance and fight detection modules. “Our mission has always been to create safer communities by detecting dangers before they become a threat to our global citizens and communities,” shared Martin Cronin, CEO of Patriot One. “We believe our thermal camera solution will greatly help businesses, healthcare, retail, sport, entertainment, and hospitality industries as they re-open the economy. The thermal and facial mask screening solutions will allow property management to screen employees and customers for elevated body temperatures, and if detected, those individuals can proceed through secondary screening process for further evaluation, as well as for compliance with mask protocols.”
“The Health & Safety Modules can use off-the-shelf thermal cameras, powered with our PATSCAN artificial intelligence (AI) software, to identify and analyze instances of elevated body temperature,” explained Dietmar Wennemer, Patriot One’s new President and COO. “It is not as simple as installing a thermal camera and expecting to get a precise temperature reading; the fine temperature tolerances are not detected with every standard IR thermal camera. The key is in our use of machine learning to identify anomalies. Any anomalous detection outside a nominal body temperature range will result in an immediate alert, which will be instantly transmitted to onsite security for further action. This new thermal module is compatible with the PATSCAN Platform and compatible with all other solutions including the facial mask detection module. All detection Modules can be monitored remotely. We also have two excellent AI research teams that continuously enhance our AI features and the effectiveness of the computer neural networks we utilize for our advanced solutions.”
“We are proud to support the development and deployment of the PATSCAN Platform to improve the health and safety of all Canadians through the Health & Safety modules being developed by Patriot One.” said Sue Paish, CEO of the Digital Technology Supercluster. “This innovative screening technology will support Canada in safely re-opening the economy in the COVID 19 environment.”
Development of the PATSCAN Platform’s VRS thermal elevated body temperature and facial mask detection modules has already begun, with testing in four (4) distinct North American settings, including a hospital, business office, sport stadium and law enforcement facility. Following these onsite client tests and evaluations, Patriot One and the Digital Technology Supercluster will discuss the commercial rollout and deployment of these new Health & Safety Modules across Canada, as part of the overall PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Covert Threat Detection Platform.
In addition, the Company has plans to undertake a corporate awareness campaign to raise its profile in the U.S. domestic investment community, and has engaged Winning Media, LLC to provide Patriot One with a breadth of targeted digital media and corporate brand recognition initiatives. Winning Media is a Houston, Texas – based marketing agency that specializes digital and corporate brand marketing services to enhance corporate visibility and retail investor awareness. The agency will handle specific functions of digital distribution of public information relating to the Company. Winning Media and its principals do not have any direct or indirect equity interest in the Company and will not receive any securities of the Company as compensation for their services.
Other developments from around the markets include:
Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) announced the addition of three cloud-based offerings to its CommandCentral software suite: CommandCentral 9-1-1 Smart Transcription, CommandCentral 9-1-1 Citizen Input and PremierOne Cloud CAD. These offerings provide emergency call handlers and the computer-aided dispatch (CAD) operators who dispatch 9-1-1 calls to police, fire and emergency medical services with the ability to streamline workflows and improve the monitoring and integrity of information in a secure government cloud environment, all while supporting the continuity of public safety operations. “Our job is about seconds saving lives, and us saving seconds,” said Raymond Chiozza, Director of the Shelby County 9-1-1 District in Memphis, Tenn. “We’ve been a Motorola Solutions’ VESTA®? 9-1-1 customer for years, and its features have helped us to significantly reduce our call times, so when we were asked to participate in a focus group to develop the features and functionality of the company’s cloud-based Smart Transcription solution, we jumped at the chance to help shape the product. It’s exciting because it is a hosted environment, which allows people not tied to the public safety answering point (PSAP) to see inside the PSAP. For example, our office of emergency management chief and triage nurse can actually see COVID-19 unfolding on the screen via 9-1-1 calls, as the transcript highlights keywords from callers like ‘Coronavirus’ and ‘shortness of breath’.”
FLIR Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR) announced that it will participate in the 15th Annual Needham Virtual Technology & Media Conference. Jim Cannon, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Carol Lowe, Chief Financial Officer, will present on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at 9:15 a.m. Eastern Time. A simultaneous webcast of the presentation may be accessed online from a link in the Events & Presentations section of the Company’s Investor Relations website.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Sony Semiconductor Solutions announced they are partnering to create solutions that make AI-powered smart cameras and video analytics easier to access and deploy for their mutual customers. As a result of the partnership, the companies will embed Microsoft Azure AI capabilities on Sony’s intelligent vision sensor IMX500, which extracts useful information out of images in smart cameras and other devices. Sony will also create a smart camera managed app powered by Azure IoT and Cognitive Services that complements the IMX500 sensor and expands the range and capability of video analytics opportunities for enterprise customers. The combination of these two solutions will bring together Sony’s cutting-edge imaging & sensing technologies, including the unique functionality of high-speed edge AI processing, with Microsoft’s cloud expertise and AI platform to uncover new video analytics opportunities for customers and partners across a variety of industries. “By linking Sony’s innovative imaging and sensing technology with Microsoft’s excellent cloud AI services, we will deliver a powerful and convenient platform to the smart camera market. Through this platform, we hope to support the creativity of our partners and contribute to overcoming challenges in various industries,” said Terushi Shimizu, Representative Director and President, Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation.
Everbridge Inc. (NASDAQ:EVBG) announced a new comprehensive software-based solution enabled by the Everbridge CEM platform to help businesses, healthcare facilities and governments automate contact tracing initiatives, keep their employees and citizens safe, and facilitate the return to work, all while safeguarding privacy. The Everbridge solution represents the digital transformation of contact tracing when compared to existing approaches which tend to fall into two more-limited categories: highly manual human calling supported by case management tools, or one of a variety of standalone opt-in-based mobile apps. The Everbridge COVID-19 Shield: Contact Tracing solution represents a fundamental paradigm shift for corporate, government and healthcare organizations to more safely return people to work with a faster, more accurate, less costly approach, that also safeguards individual privacy. Everbridge’s intelligent software-based automation can supplement or complement existing manual contact tracing efforts to improve accuracy and speed while reducing cost. Unlike other contact tracing solutions, Everbridge’s multi-faceted approach triangulates multiple sources of data to provide more comprehensive information in a timely manner. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published recently: “Identifying contacts and ensuring they do not interact with others is critical to protect communities from further spread. If communities are unable to effectively isolate patients and ensure contacts can separate themselves from others, rapid community spread of COVID-19 is likely to increase to the point that strict mitigation strategies will again be needed to contain the virus. Technology partners are key in the modification of existing systems and the development of new user-friendly data interfaces to manage multiple data streams with seamless interoperability.”
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