Larry Li, CTO and Founder
We are in the ‘new normal’ after Covid-19, the outbreak that has impacted nearly all business sectors and organizations across the globe. Lockdowns were imposed, and as we slowly exit them as a global society, we are now dealing with a complete social and economic restructuring. And although the ‘work from home’ model broke many technological and logistical barriers, many businesses are still requiring employees to physically return to their workplace. Considering the social factor alone, it is safe to say that online platforms cannot completely replace inperson meetings and gatherings.
Needless to say, the return to offices and schools has been the cause for some concern. To ‘move on’ from the stalemate of the pandemic, the government has initiated various precautionary measures to prevent the further spread of the virus. Besides that, organizations have started practicing screening, social distancing, monitoring, and contact tracing to protect the workplaces and their ecosystems. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), enterprises must have proper ventilation and adequate mechanisms for contact tracing and social distancing.
ViroGuard is a biosecurity company that provides safety solutions for educational institutions, business entities, and public places to help them prevent and contain the outbreaks of Covid-19 and other infectious diseases.
Founded as a response to the pandemic, ViroGuard is a biosecurity company that provides safety solutions for educational institutions, business entities, and public places to help them prevent and contain the outbreaks of Covid-19 and other infectious diseases. Following a systematic approach, ViroGuard offers separate applications for the Screening, Monitoring, Data Logging, and Contact Tracing.
ViroGuard’s flagship solution vAccess, is an app-based kiosk for temperature and mask screening, which necessitates a mandatory mask-wearing policy.
It uses a proprietary imaging technology that leverages a stereo visible range color camera for mask detection, based on nearinfrared (NIR) technology. The solution also supports USB, Ethernet, a touch screen LCD and I/O ports that can drive a relay system to actuate access gates based on the screening/authentication results. After the screening and sign-in process, people in the workspace can be monitored via the vMobile app to maintain social distancing and will be alerted if they are in close contact with a person for a period exceeding the CDC recommendation. When entering a ViroGuard-protected site, people will be asked to display a digital badge, which is a QR code on the vMobile app that uniquely identifies the user. People who don’t carry smartphones can be emailed a digital badge after online registration. In addition, the vMobile app can also conduct daily health-related questionnaires for users to respond regularly, a practice used by many organizations today to allow their members report infection or exposure to diseases. If a member is infected, the other members will be notified so that the people who were in proximity with the infected person can quarantine themselves. ViroGuard also offers vBeacon, an indoor Bluetooth beacon that enables the vMobile app to detect and record the user’s general whereabouts. This way an infected person’s location history will enable the organization to selectively sanitize only the areas that are contaminated. Lastly, ViroGuard provides customized database management via vCloud, for managing both user and organization accounts. The moment that risks are reported, vCloud will initiate contact tracing by traversing the contact history of the users who reported the infection while maintaining complete identity and data privacy.
Although we are still in the beta testing phase, we are ready to help companies bringing their workforce back to the office, and schools bringing their students back to campus safely."
Today ViroGuard primarily serves Schools, Workplaces, Churches, Mass transit, and other public places. While speaking about workplace safety during Covid-19 times, the CTO and Founder of ViroGuard, Larry Li comments, “Although we are still in the beta testing phase, we are ready to help companies bringing their workforce back to the office, and schools bringing their students back to campus safely.
As a future roadmap, ViroGuard is planning to expand its kiosk solutions to function also as an automated reception desk for facility management, which would have relevance to every situation and purpose beyond the pandemic, “We are extending our product offering in the area of facility management automation, and we are seeking partners in building security and facility management industries,” Li concludes.