A biometric system for vaccine delivery entered by Simprints Technology is among the winners of MIT Solve’s Health Security & Pandemics Challenge.
The Challenge was the fifth organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, designed to prompt companies to find solutions to “prepare for, detect, and respond to emerging pandemics and health security threats.”
A grand total of 736 projects were submitted as part of the Challenge, and last week, at Virtual Solve Challenge Finals, judges selected seven winners.
Biometrics for vaccine delivery
Simprints’ ‘Biometrics for Vaccine Delivery’ solution utilizes contactless biometrics to verify the delivery of vaccines at the frontlines to minimize wastage, and improve data quality.
According to the biometrics non-profit, there are often substantial gaps between administrative and WHO survey vaccine coverage data, endangering the lives of millions of children every year.
Using their new solution, the company intends to use a camera-based, contactless, biometric product that utilizes facial recognition to identify people.
This both allows for a contactless solution that reduces risks of infection via touching contaminated objects and creates a reliable, digital record of vaccination.
Biometrics for Vaccine Delivery is still in a pilot stage, but Simprints has been actively working on digital identity verification projects in the space over the past five years.
The Cambridge-based firm said it intends to keep using biometrics to create an integrated digitized healthcare system that links everyone to a single patient record across the entire immunization process.
Other winners submitted technologies for using artificial intelligence to plan and organize health supply acquisition, innovations in personal protective equipment, and a mobile health platform, among others.