In the last couple of weeks, we have seen innovators worldwide jumping in to help. Universities, start-ups and large corporations around the world are reinventing themselves and are searching for solutions to combat the pandemic. It is striking to see how fast some business are acting, driven by passion and purpose.
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Appian, a software firm based in Virginia, launched a free health management app which asks all employees to self-report their health symptoms and status to their company. It enables business to ensure a healthy and safe workplace.
Rombit, a tech company from Belgium, has created vibrating wristbands that can help guarantee social distancing. The bracelets look something like a sports watch, and it tells you if you are too close to another person.
Seven medical and technology companies have joined forces to develop an innovative smart health patch. The sensor in the patch collects the patient’s vital signs and sends the data to the cloud. Having the ability to access the data from a platform, saves healthcare professionals a lot of time and makes their work safer. The smart patch is the result of a collaboration between Byteflies, Melexis, Quad Industries, Televic, Z – Plus and the Belgian departments of Henkel and Nitto.
Cloudalize from Ghent, Belgium is a provider of Desktop as a Service. Their solution enables home working and remote collaboration for professionals who need a powerful working station such as architects, BIM designers and engineers. Not only is the Cloudalize solution now more relevant than ever, the firm is offering a subscription for free for 3 months.
Demand for Microsoft Teams, an application from Microsoft, is surging worldwide. Microsoft is offering a 6-month free trial to the premium version which includes full meeting, collaboration and workflow capabilities and will enable customers to start using Teams immediately.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has signed the Open Covid Pledge, granting free access to all of its patented technologies for the purpose of diagnosing, preventing, containing and treating Covid 19. Organizations are now free to use HPE technology without worrying about HPE’s patents. In times like these HPE believes that cooperation is more important than competition.
Digital for Youth is providing kids from vulnerable families with a laptop so they can follow online classes from home. The Belgian non for profit collected 10.000 laptops in one month. It is heartwarming to see that this organization and the business that donated the laptops want to make sure that every kid can benefit from the technical innovations.
Looking forward to writing from another place than home, I am wishing you all the best