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Hong Kong UST licenses technology that monitors people under quarantine

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 25th, 2020

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has licensed out an innovation that helps bolster the government’s ability to monitor people under lockdown amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

In Hong Kong, people under quarantine are currently required to regularly report their locations in real-time through instant messaging apps or via surprise video calls from communication centers. This approach brings high monitoring costs to the government and much inconvenience to those under quarantine.

Developed by HKUST professor Gary Chan, the Signature Home is an automated geo-fencing technology that collects the signals of a specific environment, or home, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular to form a “signature” of that place. If the signals deviate from the signature, it is very likely that the person has left the designated location. Instead of interfering with people’s lives and costing the government time and money, Signature Home continuously and autonomously collects and analyzes the signals to intelligently adapt to evolving home environments to achieve accurate monitoring.

HKUST has licensed Signature Home to Compathnion Technology as a new app called StayHomeSafe. The app has been available to the public since March 14 as a more resource-efficient and friendly way to monitor those under quarantine.

“It has been a great pleasure collaborating with Prof. Gary Chan and HKUST,” says Arthur Chan, director and CEO of Compathnion. “With the geo-fencing technology, our app can more effectively safeguard public health. We are pleased that the HK government adopts our solution so that we can reciprocate to society in the most meaningful way possible.”

Gary Chan comments, “I would like to thank the university for its support of my research and handling of Signature Home technology licensing. Through such technology innovation, transfer and deployment, research value can be exposed to make actual social impact. It is immensely fulfilling to contribute my homegrown technology back to our community, especially in this critical and challenging time.”

Source: Mirage News

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