Scottish tech firm to develop coronavirus risk management tool for workplaces

TECHNOLOGY company Intense IT have formed an international collaboration to roll-out a pioneering AI-based solution, with the aim of helping workplaces minimise the transmission of Coronavirus.

With seed-funding from Innovate UK, which was obtained with the help of The Data Lab’s External Funding Service, Intense IT have created the WorkSafeAITM solution to be used by businesses to decide which prevention measures are most suitable for them.

WorkSafeAITM simulates any combination of mitigation actions, building occupancy and background infection rates, so businesses will know what should work best in their specific situation, before spending on these measures.  Business leaders will soon be able to verify the effectiveness of their risk policies by integrating real-time data from sensors, heat-sensitive cameras and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Robert Walker, Intense IT solutions director, said: “The risks to society from the global COVID-19 pandemic and the steps we need to take to live with the disease, are only now being understood.

“We wanted to play our part in helping to make work space a safe space by modelling epidemiology, infection and transmission risks, and presenting to decision-makers in an actionable way.

“Our partnership with Silicon Valley Decision Intelligence pioneers, Quantellia, allows us to develop this unique approach to risk management for COVID-19, and of course futureproof for further pandemics.”

Supported by The Data Lab, Scotland’s innovation centre for Data and AI, Intense IT submitted a successful funding application to Innovate UK, to invest in further research and development of commercial opportunities for Decision Intelligence (DI).

The Data Lab’s External Funding Services aid both start-ups and SMEs with applications for translational funding, such as grants, to help bridge the gap in development between early stage technology and its commercialisation.

Adam Turner, The Data Lab external funding service lead, said: “The WorkSafe AI project will see business leaders making informed data-driven decisions that ensure safety is upheld as our economy restarts – an exciting new tool added to our arsenal in the fight against COVID-19.”

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