Ontario Investing in Wearable Contact Tracing Technology for COVID19

By: Laura Steiner
Ontario is investing in wearable contact tracing technology.  Scarborough based FacedriveInc has been awarded $2.5 million to move forward with its tracing technology TraceSCAN.
The technology will alert users within a workplace who have been in close contact with those who have tested positive for COVID19. “In our fight against COVID-19, Ontario is continuing to support companies like Facedrive that are developing the innovative technology that adds new layers of defence against this global pandemic,” Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli said.  The grant comes through the Ontario Together Fund.
The company will be producing approximately 150,00 devices under this project, and create 68 new jobs that include software, firmware, and hardware engineers.  “The continued support of the Ontario Government is very valuable to us at Facedrive, and we are humbled to receive this support facilitating our work to fight COVID-19,” said Chairman and CEO of Facedrive Sayan Navaratnam.  Facedrive was founded in 2016.