A few months ago, my son and I were at Disney World making a light saber at the new Star Wars Park at Hollywood Studios. We were among hundreds of other people, all aware that the Coronavirus was spreading across the globe. Today, I am in a city-wide shutdown in a somewhat deserted city called Washington, DC. It seems like we had a huge blizzard and are all waiting to shovel out. Unfortunately, that is not the case. We are in the midst of a world-wide pandemic called COVID-19, and this is not a test.
What is amazing to me is the technology gains we have seen since 9/11. Throughout the 9/11 crisis, cell phones stopped working and the digital networks were stressed for a several hours, at least in the DC area. While cell phones and the networks that provide cellular service are being strained, they are still working better than what we experienced almost twenty years ago. Zoom, Teams and Skype virtual meetings are dominating my days from meditations to high level corporate problem-solving. People seem to want to connect and talk again; something I thought was becoming old-fashioned. The truly ironic thing about COVID-19 is that it shows that every living being is still connected, and our neighbors in China still affect our neighbors next door. No walls or border control can stop a virus determined to propagate and stay alive. Funny how we all are trying to keep away from each other, and our technology infrastructure keeps us together.
So, What Can Technology Do to Reduce Our Exposure to COVID-19 and Get America Back to Work? Luckily, companies have been working on these types of problems for some time. One such company, Kiana Analytics, has been using a combination of smartphone device IDs (MAC address) and both public and private networks to forensically locate people, places and things. They have worked on their technology platform before the advent of COVID-19, and they are now ready to provide a key piece of the puzzle that will help resolve our current crisis. Please review our infographic below that demonstrates how our solution may be rapidly deployed to get us in front of COVID-19 exposure. Please contact us for additional information on how we can quell the ill-effects of this pandemic.
The Kiana Contact Tracing Platform can be used to forensically locate people potentially exposed to others identified as infected with COVID-19. It does this by collecting mobile device unique identifiers and locations on a WiFi network and determining proximity to those infected.