The Algorithms That Could Help Save The World from COVID-19

Two countries orchestrated a near-perfect response to COVID-19, and artificial intelligence (AI) played a key role.

Taiwan’s handling of the pandemic has been outstanding. The country has only 530 confirmed cases, and only 7 deaths since the outbreak. Iceland, too, stands out, with around 3,660 confirmed cases and 10 deaths.

While both immediately closed their borders and government and businesses acted in lockstep coordination, big data analytics and contact-tracing played crucial roles.

For much of the rest of the Western world, such an immediate, coordinated and data-driven response did not happen. But it will, now.

Artificial intelligence … life-saving algorithms that form the latest in digital contact-tracing technology.

It’s also the best chance of getting industries back on track and sparing global economies from destruction.

A single industry–tourism–is facing $1 trillion in losses now, and is on track to shed 100 million jobs before the year is out.

That’s why Air Canada–for one–is taking preventative measures designed to get travel back on track, safely.

On October 7th, Air Canada signed a deal with Facedrive Inc. (TSXV:FD,OTC:FDVRF), Canada’s premier tech ecosystem that’s now gone global, to launch a pilot project for its employees using proprietary TraceSCAN technology.

Facedrive’s TraceSCAN Wearables technology takes contact-tracing to a completely new level.

FitBit might keep you in shape. Apple Watch might keep your hands free, but TraceSCAN’s Wearables might keep you alive.

This isn’t a simple mobile phone app. Unless you’re a teenager with a hand permanently attached to your phone, that’s not enough. Millions of workers around the world, from construction and medical to education and security, can’t operate with a phone in hand 24/7. Nor can the at-risk elderly.

TraceSCAN Wearables have changed all of that. Facedrive combines complex algorithms in an AI-enabled mobile application with wearable devices built on the industry-standard nRF52 Bluetooth chipset.

 

It’s fully mobile COVID-19 protection on a wristband, in a tag worn around the neck or in a pocket pod. And it intends to get us back to work, and back to fun–safely.

Air Canada isn’t the only major airline taking the TraceSCAN plunge…

The Government of Ontario lent its support to TraceSCAN back in July because it’s the only feasible technology that will get masses of government employees back to work without spreading COVID-19.

Since then, Facedrive has emerged as the leader in the field.

Other airlines are already in late-stage talks with Facedrive, and the news flow is expected to be spectacular.

The Road to Recovery

The world won’t get back to work, economies won’t fully open and recovery won’t happen without mass rapid testing and state-of-the-art digital contact-tracing.

We already know that contact tracing works. But doing manually with boots on the ground isn’t feasible. There is no time. And relying on simple smartphone apps isn’t enough. Much the same as all rapid COVID-19 tests are not equal.

And time is running out.

The hardest-hit industries need to get back to work–now. Or they may never come back.

Global tourism lost $195 billion just in the first four months of this year. Now, it faces a $1-trillion loss, along with 100 million jobs.

Airline losses will top $84 billion.

The oil and gas industry has shed 50% of its value.

U.S. restaurants alone are facing a $240-billion loss.

That means that trillions of dollars are essentially riding on a tiny wristband.

Suddenly, this single piece of rapidly advanced technology that can save these industries and re-open economies, making it one of the hottest things on the market.

This is where a small-cap company gets to play a key role in a trillion-dollar industry that’s suffering trillion-dollar losses.

And it is likely to keep snowballing from here, with a growing sense of urgency among Western governments to deploy this technology to stop the spread and save the economy.

The Government of Ontario–where Facedrive (TSXV:FD,OTC:FDVRF) has already established itself as the leader in this industry–just announced $1 billion in funding for tracing and testing tech, and this is only the beginning.

TraceSCAN: Stopping the Spread

Air Canada chose Facedrive’s TraceSCAN solution for its pilot program as a way to provide another crucial level of safety for its employees–for starters.

“The health and safety of our employees is of paramount concern to Air Canada and is key to restoring our operations safely for our customers. Air Canada has embraced a science-based approach to managing COVID-19 and as part of this has committed to evaluate the use of new technologies like TraceSCAN’s wearables,” Samuel Elfassy, Vice President, Safety at Air Canada, said in a press release, adding that the technology “has the potential to provide another layer of safety for our employees, so they can focus on taking care of our customers”.

Governments and industries are lining up for TraceSCAN because the rapidly advanced project designed in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic combines the country’s top technology “ecosystem”–Facedrive–with the leading minds of the University of Waterloo.

The University of Waterloo’s William Melek, a leading engineering professor who worked on TraceSCAN with Facedrive, describes the tech as the key to enabling the “creation and management of safer work environments.”

So, how does it work, exactly?

TraceSCAN wearables use safe and secure bluetooth technology for proximity tracing of COVID-19, without GPS information. The wearables can also monitor heart rate, body temperature, and SPO2.

The technology instantly alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Importantly, anonymity is paramount.

If a user tests positive for COVID-19, only authorized organization staff and health officials can access TraceSCAN data through a secure cloud based dashboard. Only authorized health officials can see the complete list of users that the individual has been in close contact with and their level of risk.

A Firm Response To A Second Wave of COVID

Facedrive’s TraceSCAN technology is constantly evolving along with the needs of governments, industries and individuals.

Contact-tracing technology is already set to become a precursor for traveling in the same way that 9/11 changed travel-related security forever.

Before 9/11, some $1 billion per year was being spent on security related to air travel.

Post 9/11, the spend grew to a phenomenal $80 billion per year.

The same is set to happen with digital contact-tracing.

Except this new form of COVID-19 security will be far bigger and broader than 9/11.

For airlines, the technology is being piloted for employee safety. But that’s just where it starts. It can be applied to passengers en masse, with boarding pass functions.

For hotels suffering from a slow and painful death, TraceSCAN technology can be embedded in room keys.

Everyone can get back to work.

Educators can keep themselves safe from the multitudes of students. Students won’t need distracting smartphones to maintain contact-tracing, either. TraceSCAN’s wearables are perfect for this.

Construction workers will be kept safe, and hands free. Medical workers, too.

And the growth runway is even bigger when you consider the evolution taking shape in the healthcare/pharma industry as it shifts its focus to prevention and early diagnostics vs. treatment, with 30-40% of budgets set to be spent on prevention-related technologies.

With COVID prevention now the most lucrative game in town, it’s not Facedrive’s only game.

This is a company with a huge technology ecosystem that serves as the connecting point for multiple industries and megatrends–from carbon-neutral ride-sharing and food delivery, to pharma delivery, major league sports fan engagement tech, auto-industry-transforming EV subscription services, and the savior of the day, contact-tracing.

And it all puts “people and planet first” with an eye on the mega-prize: ESG investing, the place where all the big money is going.

For COVID-19, the name of the game now is prevention, and Facedrive has it cornered from the contact-tracing side of this ring.

Facedrive (TSXV:FD,OTC:FDVRF) engineered a major coup at the height of the COVID pandemic with TraceSCAN.

It’s also got one of the biggest labor unions in the world (LiUNA) on board, and official endorsement from the Government of Ontario, which is supporting its deployment–far and wide.

Now, it’s got the airlines, too. And an impressive collection of wings to bombard this market.

As always with this smart and savvy tech company, the news flow is hard to contain. Acquisitions have been fast-paced and all-encompassing. It’s got the government’s ear, and now big industries. It already had the attention of Amazon and Canadian telecoms giant Telus.

Watch what happens next as it becomes a household name and a real force for change.

By. Brian Wang

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26 thoughts on “The Algorithms That Could Help Save The World from COVID-19”

  1. So we need tyrannical government like in New Zealand? Or Norway, Denmark, or Canada, ok sure, I'm good with that.

  2. "In May, remdesivir was given emergency use authorisation by the US Food and Drug Administration and was later approved for use in the UK and other countries. US president Donald Trump received the drug after he tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month. Gilead said in a statement that the findings of the study were “inconsistent” with others and emphasised that the results have not yet been peer-reviewed. A separate study of about 1000 covid-19 patients conducted by Gilead earlier this month concluded that treatment with remdesivir reduced recovery time by five days compared to a placebo. The Guardian reports that Gilead was told about the results of the new trial on 23 September, and was given a draft of the study on 28 September as part of an agreement with the WHO to provide the drug for free. Gilead signed a contract to provide 500,000 doses of the drug with the European commission on 8 October.

    (source: newscientist)"

  3. "Latest coronavirus news as of 5 pm on 16 October

    The Ebola drug remdesivir offers little benefit for covid-19 cases, a WHO study has foundRemdesivir, an antiviral drug initially developed to treat Ebola by pharmaceutical company Gilead, has “little or no effect” on survival for people in hospital with covid-19, a World Health Organization (WHO) trial has found. As part of its SOLIDARITY trial, WHO researchers tested the effects of four potential treatments, including antiviral drugs remdesivir and interferon-β1a, the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine and a combination of two HIV drugs called lopinavir and ritonavir. The results suggest remdesivir has “no meaningful effect on mortality”, said Martin Landray at the University of Oxford in a statement. Landray described the findings as “important but sobering”, adding that the trial “has done the world a huge favour by producing clear, independent and robust results.” The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, included 11,266 participants across more than 30 countries and found that none of the treatments had a substantial effect on covid-19 mortality or on the length of time patients spent in hospital. "

  4. Case fatality is essentially the same, but infection fatality rate is about 6x higher for Covid – so if everyone in a nation got it, 6x as many would die, compared to everyone in the nation getting the flu.

    Another way of looking at it is that 6x as many infections become "cases", vs the flu. That could mean that Covid is a lot more likely to cause severe symptoms (and hence turn into a 'case') – or it could mean that we're doing a lot more testing and catching more minor cases, making the CFR a lot lower than it would be for an apples-to-apples comparison to the flu. Maybe some combination of both.

  5. Indeed. For those that may have missed it, this is a paid-for Fluff PR stock promotion for what will be shown to be one of the biggest stock scams ever…read the disclaimer!!!

  6. The covid dissenters that are wreaking society and killing people reject all remediation attempts as tyranny.

    Society has an interest in preventing those that cant control themselves from doing further harm, such people are typically locked away so they cant do future harm.

    Invoking hitler does not negate society's duty to protect those that follows society's rules from those that refuses and insists on harming all.

  7. The most effective strategy so far was Gov Cuomo's when he killed many of the vulnerable by moving the Covid infected in with them. Got those quick easy deaths over with way ahead of the election.

  8. I suspect that some Asian nations had developed "T-Cell immunity memory" from previous SARS infections.

  9. The FR has been rapidly coming down. New York now has a bit over half the cases of California, but California peaked much later, or is still peaking, and has 1/2 of the fatalities, meaning the fatality rate is 1/4 of New York's April-peaking rate.
    The earlier surge in deaths – partly brought about by criminally negligent policies like putting Covid patients in nursing homes, often forbidding staff from letting other residents from knowing – has now abated but it still skews the overall statistics. New stats for the last three months or so show a much more flu-like death rate, and future stats, which will incorporate cutting edge treatments like Trump and Chris Christie received (both similar risk factors and both released from the hospital), will change the stats again.
    We don't need vaccines, which probably won't work anywhere close to 100%, to bring this to heal.
    It would also help if people would control their weight and manage their diabetes, hypertension etc.

  10. People that would give up freedom for safety will receive neither; to paraphrase a quasi quote. California is a great example. No freedom and also no safety.

  11. Have no idea of what you just said.

    Let me put it in real simple terms. Hitler started a war that killed 70 million. Stalin helped him and also during the 1930s murdered/starved another 10 million. You want to put them in charge. Methinks the cure is worth then the disease.

    If you adore tyranny so much, I suggest you move to a country that offers that form of government. China, Russia, Venezuela, Iran, etc. Let me know how that works out for you. I think a little dose of reality will cure your adoration.

    Chris68

  12. Wreaking the place and killing people = freedom.
    Putting the irrational and the inept in a zoo = Hitler

    Good to know.

  13. WHO has admitted that Covid mortality rates are basically the same as the flu. Nobody wants to see people die from anything, but life is terminal. The economic destruction surrounding Covid is 100% government driven. It did not need to happen. Hopefully we can learn from the stupidity of this response.

  14. The value appears miniscule unless everyone is required to wear it. And for every person testing positive, you'd inconvenience potentially hundreds who turn out to not be infected.

    After the 5th time you had to go get a test (assuming they have good tests, so you aren't instead required to self-isolate for a week!) only to be told the test is negative, you are definitely into 'boy who called wolf' territory.

    Seeing as some protested being forced to wear masks, imagine the protests for being required to wear a tracking device that lets the government know all your movements but almost never gives you any personal benefit.

  15. Ah yes, let's make the world safer by putting Emperor Palpatine, Joe Stalin, Hitler, and Caligula in charge.

    The only thing that's a "burden on society" is people who never learn anything from history. Give me liberty, give me COVID, but definitely don't put D Drake in charge.

    Chris68

  16. Hypersocial menaces! I like it! That's one I hadn't heard before. Definitely need to find a way to insert that into a conversation.

  17. Of course, using numbers provided by the dictatorships to judge the performance of the dictatorships has an obvious failure mode.

  18. I know Brian has a soft spot for Canada but wow, $3K for 30 days advertorial. Does that mean you can delete the article after 30 days too?

  19. Are we tracking and tracing the flu? So why are we tracking and tracing COVID19?

    The IFR for COVID19 is about the same as flu so why are we making such a big deal about it?

  20. Perhaps, the oft-maligned "tyranny" is the solution when excessive freedom of idiocy becomes too big of a burden on society.

    "(COVID-19) deaths worldwide per one million population:

    China 3.4
    New Zealand 5.12
    Japan 12.78
    Greece 40.08
    Norway 51.75
    Denmark 114.71
    Germany 115.1
    Portugal 199.38
    Canada 259.29
    Netherlands 375.78
    Sweden 578.6
    Mexico 658.49
    USA 647.92
    UK 639.23
    Brazil 711.12
    Belgium 886.53
    Peru 1,031.88

    (source: statista)"

  21. Having this software will save you from getting CV19…

    5 paragraphs later: No it doesn't. It enables you to be tracked so that other people are less likely to get it.

    Such tracking software has already been in operation all around the world in multiple countries, for months. Australia rolled it out in April for example.

    BUT… more and more we are seeing that this disease is spread not by each person infecting 1 or 2 others, but by 95% of the infected spreading it to nobody, and a tiny handful of hypersocial menaces who proceed to charge around the place spraying germs on 50 people each as they violate all the various rules and regulations against such behaviour.

    And it is just such people who wouldn't carry a monitor designed to protect other people. Because if they were the sort to do that, then they'd probably follow other hygiene rules too.

    Whether this applies to all the other diseases that spread through society too is left as an exercise for the reader.

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