TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Facedrive Inc. (“Facedrive”) (TSXV: FD), a Canadian “people-and-planet first” tech ecosystem, is pleased to announce that its division Facedrive Health has partnered with Safe-Tech Training Inc. (“Safe-Tech”) (https://safetechtraining.com), a leader in industrial safety providing cost-effective training and certification programs to over 1,000 clients, to deliver Facedrive’s innovative COVID-19 contact tracing technology platform TraceSCAN to organizations across Canada. The partnership synergistically combines Facedrive Health’s expertise in contact tracing technology and implementation with Safe-Tech’s proven track record in delivering safety training and consulting to safety-focused clients which include many blue-chip brands.
The TraceSCAN technology was developed leveraging existing Facedrive proprietary technology in an effort to offer ongoing support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The platform features unique Bluetooth wearable technology integration and has been endorsed by the Government of Ontario. TraceSCAN devices exchange encrypted ID’s when they are in close proximity, thereby anonymously back-tracing possible contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 while ascribing a data-backed high, medium or low risk of contraction based on contact. Being Bluetooth (as opposed to GPS), TraceSCAN features state-of-the-art safeguards that better assure user data privacy and security. Unlike mobile application-based solutions, TraceSCAN’s wearable devices make contact-tracing available for workers who are unable to carry cell phones during the course of their work due to safety concerns, such as construction workers. TraceSCAN has received a very positive response in the Canadian B2B market several months into its implementation at multiple client sites across Canada.
Safe-Tech Training Inc. is a leading Ontario provider of safety training with an impeccable 30-year track record of being an “all-in-one” solution for safety training. As an industry leader since 1989, Safe-Tech offers multiple on-site training programs as well as public/off-site programs at its five GTA locations. The company is the “Working at Heights” and “Equipment Training Partner” of the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), and was the 11th company in Ontario to be Chief Prevention Officer approved to conduct Working at Heights training. Safe-Tech also offers Canada’s largest selection of online safety programs with over 1,000 diverse courses available. Finally, Safe-Tech’s online store features thousands of PPE safety products that assist in preventing work-related injuries and responding when an injury does occur.
The partnership between Facedrive Health and Safe-Tech comes at an opportune time. As companies continue their essential operations amid the pandemic’s fall and winter “second wave”, they are seeking innovative and reliable ways to protect their employees. As a recognized industry leader with a thorough understanding of clients’ safety concerns and a proven track record of addressing such across Ontario and Canada, Safe-Tech will provide consulting services to companies to assist them in customizing the TraceSCAN solution to meet their needs. Safe-Tech training also has an established reputation in providing safety training to, among others, Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies. The partnership between Facedrive Health and Safe-Tech training, is expected to provide TraceSCAN ready access to these clients.
“The partnership combines Facedrive’s cutting-edge, AI-powered, Bluetooth-enabled contact tracing technology with Safe-Tech’s deep industry knowledge and network, and thereby offers our mutual clients a win-win proposition,” said the General Manager of Facedrive Health, Rishard Rameez. “We are excited to drive this collaboration for the safety, health and well-being of thousands, if not millions, of workers and their families as businesses return to work in these unprecedented circumstances,” added Rameez.
“Safe-Tech Training is excited to partner with Facedrive Health to help take TraceSCAN to companies that have larger workforces. It has been a challenge for many organizations to conduct contact tracing within the workplace,” said CEO of Safe-Tech Training Dan Dukoff. “With the help of TraceSCAN, companies will be able to contact-trace with just the click of a button. Our team is looking forward to introducing this Canadian technology to our clients,” added Dan.
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 verticals that either leverage existing technologies of the Company or project synergies with existing lines of business (the “Facedrive Verticals”). The Facedrive Verticals include its rideshare business (“Facedrive Rideshare”), sustainable e-commerce platform (“Facedrive Marketplace”), food-delivery service (“Facedrive Foods”), e-social platform (“Facedrive Social”) andits contact-tracing and sustainable health services business (“Facedrive Health”).
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 created from sustainably sourced materials. 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.
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