New technology to minimise coronavirus transmission in the workplace has been rolled out by a collaboration of firms led by an Edinburgh-based technology company.
Using artificial intelligence, Intense IT have created WorkSafeAI to help business leaders decide which prevention measures are most suitable for them. It simulates any combination of mitigation actions, building occupancy and background infection rates to predict outcomes before any spending on measures to restrict transmission. The programme has been created with seed funding from Innovate UK secured by Intense IT with the help of The Data Lab, Scotland’s innovation centre for data and AI. Other members of the consortium includes Quantellia of Silicon Valley along with local SMEs Auticon, Linsandel Consulting and Dr Paul Nelson of Nelus AI.
“With this solution we can ensure that leaders’ decisions can be evidence-based and people-focused,” director Robert Walker said. “This will engage business leaders in the fight against a second or third spike in the coronavirus and the emergence of other epidemics.” Intense IT operates in the field of Decision Intelligence, an engineering discipline that augments data science with decision theory, social and managerial science to create a framework for best practices in organisational decision-making.