Preventing COVID-19 Outbreaks in the Workplace


Health screening of individuals entering care homes and essential services facilities.

When the Mobile Wellness Declaration project launched in August 2020, it focused on allowing long-term care administrators and business operators to turn any door with a traditional card reader into a smart door that could be integrated with a mobile health survey. With thousands of residents tragically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, health screening of individuals entering care homes and essential services facilities was truly a matter of life and death.

Led by Toronto-based BioConnect , this project quickly deployed the first touch-free screening surveys and thermal imaging technology in Canada. What is unique with this solution is that it ensures only employees who have declared themselves as ‘healthy’ are granted access through the card reader at the door. While respecting personal privacy, an individual is denied entry if there is any level of detected risk, thereby supporting the safety of all employees at a facility.

In early 2021, Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District – North America’s largest urban innovation hub – selected the system to screen more than 200 workers daily in compliance with new health and safety mandates set by the Ontario government.

“MaRS embraces new Canadian technologies and we’re very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with BioConnect in deploying this simple, cost-effective platform that integrates with our existing Lenel card access infrastructure. BioConnect will serve as a key access control protocol for ensuring a safe and healthy workplace for our operations team in support of our essential tenants.” -Randal Froebelius, Real Estate Lead at MaRS

As the economy begins to reopen, a growing number of businesses are joining MaRS in seeking a key access control protocol for ensuring a safe and healthy workplace.

The Mobile Wellness Declaration is applicable and can be easily retrofitted into any business that has a card-access control system, says Jeff Crews, BioConnect’s Chief Customer Officer.

“By helping companies prevent COVID-19 outbreaks at their facilities and protect the safety of employees and visitors, Mobile Wellness Declaration is poised to play a key role in Canada’s economic recovery.”

BioConnect would never have been able to take on this timely role without Supercluster support, he adds.

“We’re experiencing tremendous growth, so resourcing trade-offs are always being made. The Supercluster’s assistance was a real catalyst that allowed us to build this solution in a timeframe that will line up with the reopening of the economy.”

View the Mobile Wellness Declaration Project

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