TraceSafe Inc (CSE:TSF) (OTCMKTS:UTOLF) told investors Friday that its contact tracing and quarantine management technology was “vital” in helping stage a safe 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship tournament.
The tournament, which recently wrapped up in Edmonton, saw TraceSafe technology embedded into the credentials of everyone involved in the tournament, from players to event staff to media. When COVID-19 infections were discovered in eight German and two Swedish team members, TraceSafe’s technology helped to facilitate early detection and targeted isolation measures to contain the spread.
"The sports industry was hit hard in 2020," said Wayne Lloyd, TraceSafe CEO in a statement. "We were proud to help keep one of Canada's most beloved winter tournaments running and are grateful for our productive partnerships with TELUS and Hockey Canada."
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According to Hockey Canada’s vice president of events Dean McIntosh, TraceSafe’s technology was vital in helping to achieve two key outcomes: ensuring a safe quarantine period prior to the tournament and effectively tracing contacts while the event was in progress. The technology – which included a set of flashing lights on the event badge worn by participants – identified when people were gathered too close together.
"Hockey Canada and the World Junior Host Committee made the health and safety of all participants their number one priority," said McIntosh. "Close to 600 people were tracked and traced for over three weeks in the bubble, a layer of protection that made all participants feel secure within the World Junior bubble."
The US won the gold medal on January 5.
TraceSafe plans to incorporate insights from this deployment into its next product iteration, an API for assigning devices within milliseconds.
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