Mobile Wellness Declaration
Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 by leveraging a mobile authentication platform.
Project Budget* - $0.9M
Partner Co-investment - $0.4M
Supercluster Co-investment - $0.6M
Seniors in long-term care facilities have been the hardest hit group during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s critical to find new ways to protect these homes, as well as workplaces where the virus can spread quickly.
Workers and residents alike are at risk of exposure during everyday activities. These interactions are also difficult to track when someone tests positive for COVID-19, and that depends on a manual, time-consuming and error-prone process reliant on people remembering everyone they met during the past two weeks.
The Mobile Wellness Declaration project will add a layer of protection by retro-fitting existing card access systems in these facilities with touch-free screening surveys to control access and adding new thermal imaging technology to detect potentially ill people before they can enter.
Mobile Wellness Declaration is led by BioConnect and brings together Mara Technologies and Suprema, as well as several end-user organizations that are testing the solution.
The project enables long-term care facility administrators to turn any door with a traditional card reader into a smart door that is monitored and controlled from anywhere. A person who wants to enter a care home will have a wellness declaration tool pushed to their mobile phone. A series of questions will screen them for COVID-19 symptoms, or other risk factors, and deny access if they are deemed at risk. If infrared scanners detect an elevated body temperature, a potential symptom of COVID-19, access will be denied, and a notification sent to the individual’s phone. Those blocked access may be directed to a local testing centre.
The goal is to expand the project to include workplaces at risk of COVID-19 spread, helping to protect more Canadians and support our country’s economic recovery.