Facedrive Inc. (“Facedrive”) (TSXV:FD), (OTCQX:FDVRF) is pleased to announce that, pursuant to a sales and support engagement, its wearable based contact-tracing platform TraceSCAN has been selected for deployment by Eden Lodge Nursery School (“Eden Lodge”), located in Bridgetown, Barbados. Eden Lodge selected TraceSCAN as a comprehensive app/web based solution for pre-screening and contactless drop-off as well as the contact-tracing solution for students. Eden Lodge was seeking a comprehensive tracing and interaction solution for protecting staff and students while at school. TraceSCAN will provide Eden Lodge with a complete record of all interactions at the school and amongst traced persons so that all high risk interactions are identified.
“Facedrive is excited for Eden Lodge to implement the TraceSCAN contact-tracing solution among its students and staff. Our solution helps trace interactions and potential COVID-19 spread in all environments, especially those that are essential to stay open, which makes TraceSCAN a natural fit for ensuring safety, reliability and anonymity of exposure tracking at Eden Lodge,” said Suman Pushparajah, Chief Operating Officer at Facedrive Inc. “We see this project as a catalyst for many more applications within the education sector. Reopening schools, nurseries and daycare facilities are critical elements of returning to ‘normal’, and now, as the global economy witnesses loosening of the COVID-19-related restrictions, the pressure is on them to demonstrate that operations can be resumed in a safe and responsible manner. We are dedicated to continue offering our contact-tracing product and services to support families and economies, and ultimately protect lives,” added Pushparajah.
The TraceSCAN contact-tracing wearable solution, developed jointly by Facedrive Health and a group of researchers from the University of Waterloo, is powered by cutting-edge Bluetooth technology enabling it to work as a standalone device or in conjunction with mobile-powered solutions utilized by public health authorities. TraceSCAN is especially suited for environments where individuals may not be able to carry or have access to mobile devices. The TraceSCAN technology is powered through Microsoft Azure. Following other successful deployments with enterprise customers and continuing demand for multifunctional connected health and safety solutions, TraceSCAN has expanded its use case scenarios into multiple business sectors such as education, recreation, travel, manufacturing, food processing, construction and other industries.
The announcement of the deployment at Eden Lodge comes on the heels of discussions around the delays in the COVID-19 vaccination process in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the low overall numbers of fully vaccinated residents in that region (https://www.paho.org/en/news/19-5-2021-paho-director-calls-closing-glaring-vaccine-gap-expanding-vaccine-production-latin). Eden Lodge sees TraceSCAN as an important element in its efforts to keep its students and staff safe and protected as they reopen their doors. It is expected that upon successful deployment at Eden Lodge, TraceSCAN will expand its customer base across other educational institutions in Barbados, as well as other countries within the Caribbean network.
“We are pleased to partner with Facedrive and deploy TraceSCAN to do our small part in defeating COVID-19. We want to thank the parents and guardians of the school children who have all consented. Children are playful and communicate with their hands, they love to touch and hug. Everything possible should be done to keep our children safe in Schools. TraceSCAN has provided us with a platform that can effectively conduct contact tracing for our children, teachers and members of the support staff allowing us to make the right decisions on testing and isolation. I am certain that this partnership will be beneficial to both of us,” said Mrs. Roseclaire Blades, Principal of Eden Lodge Nursery School.
About Eden Lodge Nursery School
The Eden Lodge Nursery School (”Eden Lodge”) was a gift from the Jaycees of Barbados to the Government of Barbados. Eden Lodge was officially opened by the Minister of Education, the Honourable Erskine Sandiford, on September 9, 1975. Eden Lodge aims to provide a high-quality early childhood programme which caters to the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of each child, also to promote positive relationships with the home and wider community.
Facedrive is a multi-faceted “people-and-planet first” tech ecosystem offering socially-responsible services to local communities with a strong commitment to doing business fairly, equitably and sustainably. As part of this commitment, Facedrive’s vision is to fulfil its mandate through a number of services that either leverage existing technologies of the Company or project synergies with existing lines of business.
Facedrive’s service offerings include its: (i) eco-friendly rideshare business, Facedrive Rideshare; (ii) food delivery service, Facedrive Foods; (iii) electric and hybrid vehicle subscription business, Steer; (iv) contact-tracing and connected health technology services, Facedrive Health; (v) e-commerce platform, Facedrive Marketplace; and (vi) e-social platform, Facedrive Social. Facedrive Rideshare was among the first to offer a wide variety of environmentally and socially responsible solutions in the Transportation as a Service (TaaS) space, planting thousands of trees based on user consumption and offering choices between electric, hybrid and conventional vehicles (including, more recently, electric and hybrid vehicles on a subscription basis through Steer). Facedrive Marketplace offers curated merchandise typically created from sustainably sourced materials and linked to social causes. Facedrive Foods offers contactless delivery of a wide variety of foods right to consumers’ doorsteps, with a focus on doing so in a socially and environmentally-conscious manner. Facedrive Social strives to keep people connected in a physically-distanced world through its HiQ and other e-socialization platforms that invite users to interact based on common interests and by offering gamification and mutual community support features. Facedrive Health strives to develop and offer innovative technological solutions to the most acute health challenges including its proprietary TraceSCAN wearable technology for contact tracing.
Facedrive envisions changing the ridesharing, food delivery, e-commerce, social and health tech narratives for the better, for everyone, and is currently operational in Canada and the United States.
For more about Facedrive, visit www.facedrive.com.
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