Province commits $2.5 mil to company making wearable contact tracing devices

Tracescan devices beep when workers get to close to each other

A company in Scarborough has a device in the works that could help keep employees at a safe distance, while allowing better contact tracing in the workplace.

The Ontario Government announced on Thursday it is committing $2.5 million to Facedrive Inc. to support the deployment of its wearable tracing device called TraceSCAN. The device can be worn by a worker on the job and sounds an alert if they get within six feet of another employee wearing the same tech. The device would also allow employers to find out who may have come into contact with who should a positive COVID-19 test crop up among staff.

“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,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “Through the Ontario Together Fund, we will continue to make sure that companies like Facedrive have the resources they need to supply emergency products and innovative solutions during these challenging times, while creating skilled jobs for our province.”

The provincial funding is to go towards the deployment of these devices, in the hopes the company can produce up to 150,000 of them for use across Ontario.