Toronto-based workplace health technology company Predictmedix has announced that its Safe Entry Station solution will be deployed to help ensure that safety standards are met at this years Hockeyfest, an event developed in partnership between Juiceworks Exhibits (JUICEWORKS) and Jones Entertainment Group.
“As an avid sports enthusiast, it’s a pleasure to be able to play a part in ensuring people from all over the country are able to enjoy a sense of normalcy and tradition by engaging in a sport we all know and love,” said Jonathan Auger, President & Founder of JUICEWORKS. “The leadership shown by the whole group at Jones Entertainment is something I truly admire and am proud to be part of.”
Hockeyfest — the largest street and pond hockey festival and tournament in the world — is scheduled to take place in nine North American cities including London (ON), Summerside (PEI), Edmonton (AB), Abbotsford (AB), Regina (SK), Ottawa (ON), Minneapolis (MN), and Winnipeg (MB), and will begin with a kick-off event on June 25th in London.
Predictmedix’s Safe Entry Station solution uses a proprietary AI algorithm designed by data scientists and disease specialists that allows for non-invasive screening for symptoms of infectious diseases like COVID-19.
“Hockey is more than just a sport. It is essential to the culture and spirit of Canada, and we are proud that our solutions will revive a tradition that was missed deeply amid a global pandemic,” said Dr. Rahul Kushwah, COO, Predictmedix Inc. “As we expand into the live-event market, we are proud to partner with Jones Entertainment that carries a legacy of over 90 years in the making.”
For more than a year now the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we approach the logistics behind events where large groups of people congregate. In an effort to safely allow for such events, organizers have turned to health screening solutions such as Safe Entry to ensure that individuals who are potentially symptomatic with COVID are screened and flagged before entry is granted.
Safe Entry will be used by Hockeyfest to screen all players, staff, vendors, and visitors to help maintain the highest degree of safety. Organizers have also announced that they have been working closely with the Chief Medical Officer in the Middlesex-London health unit as well as London Mayor Ed Holder to establish a robust safety protocol for all involved.
“We’re very excited to partner with Predictmedix, Inc. and Juiceworks to deploy their Safe Entry Systems at all of our HockeyFest events in Canada and the United States,” said Brad Jones, President, Jones Entertainment Group. “The artificial intelligence algorithm they have developed is going to be one of the key components in ensuring the safety of all our players and spectators at each of our events. Travelling with the Safe Entry Systems has given us the opportunity to work with each local Health Unit in a much more diverse way than your standard contract tracing. This will be a game changer in getting back to some sort of normalcy in the sports and entertainment industry.”
May 19, 2021 – by Tony Bitzionis