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Sioux Falls deploys smart city platform to tackle Covid-19

The city in North Dakota is using the Quantela platform to analyse and visualise real-time data relating to the outbreak to identify patterns and trends and respond to the situation.

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The platform is enabling Sioux Falls to quickly action mitigation strategies, if necessary
The platform is enabling Sioux Falls to quickly action mitigation strategies, if necessary

Sioux Falls in North Dakota has become the first US city to deploy the Quantela smart city platform to help it tackle the ongoing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

The cloud-based Coronavirus Emergency Response (CoVER) platform enables local and regional governments to use the vast amounts of data held within their systems towards mitigating the impact of the virus.

 

End-to-end system

 

CoVER is an end-to-end solution that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) for managing, tracking, communicating and responding to Covid-19.

 

It runs from an intuitive command-and-control centre dashboard and processes data from the outbreak, analysing and visualising it to identify and highlight important patterns and trends. It also monitors the spread to anticipate subsequent break-out areas so that appropriate mitigation strategies can be taken.

 

“Sioux Falls was briefly one of the brightest Covid-19 hotspots in the US, but our data and modelling informed our decision-making, which allowed us to respond much more strategically instead of reactively,” said Mike Grigsby, director of innovation and technology for the City of Sioux Falls.

 

He continued: “We gained tremendous insights and were able to introduce and implement a phased and responsible strategy to help our local economy start the recovery process.

“Sioux Falls was briefly one of the brightest Covid-19 hotspots in the US, but our data and modelling informed our decision-making, which allowed us to respond much more strategically instead of reactively”

“Going forward, we want to do even more with the data we have and CoVER gives our GIS (geographic information systems) analysts the tools to build out the needed dashboards more quickly so that we can make more informed and effective decisions. This will help Sioux Falls better understand and adapt to our new normal.”

 

Quantela’s platform can be tailored to the needs of each locality and deployed in as few as three days. It enables officials and health workers to drill down from macro-level data (across states, counties) to more local analysis.

 

Use of AWS

 

To ensure the city of Sioux Falls enjoys the full scalability offered by the CoVER platform, Quantela uses Amazon Web Services (AWS).

 

CoVER will enable Sioux Falls authorities to input data from across a variety of field operations such as medical resource tracking, testing kits and results, outbreak locations, quarantine locations and duration, and critical asset locations. Any data source that influences their time-critical and operational decision-making can be fed into the system to provide increased insight and control.

 

“In the face of a possible second wave this Fall, implementing the CoVER platform can help us to better monitor detailed patterns and trends in our data, enabling us to formulate appropriate responses before things reach a crisis point,” added Grigsby.

 

Aaron Simkin, VP strategic partnerships and alliances Americas at Quantela, said that the CoVER platform gives cities the ability to monitor real-time data from across their hospitals, emergency services and municipal agencies and “get out in front of potential problems”.

 

He continued: “In the face of a new virus like Covid-19, data can help save lives.

 

“The great American recovery will mean cities and states carefully moving through stages of reopening and CoVER enables local government to better monitor the progress and success through the steps needed to achieve that recovery.”

 

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