Hockeyfest is the world’s largest street and pond hockey festival, and last year they saw a record number of participants in London, ON, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Hockeyfest will begin on June 25 in London, ON, and end in Winnipeg on August 29, visiting 9 cities during its run, including two US locations.
Predictmedix will be partnering with the Jones Entertainment Group, who run Hockeyfest, and Juiceworks Exhibits, who Predictmedix previously partnered with for a Super Bowl party in Tampa Bay, Florida, back in February. Although images of that party did draw some criticism, the Safe Entry Station was able to catch a case of COVID-19 among a would-be party-goer and prevent him from infecting others.
“We’re very excited to partner with Predictmedix, Inc. and Juiceworks to deploy their Safe Entry Systems at all of our HockeyFest events in Canada and the United States. The artificial intelligence algorithm they have developed is going to be one of the key components in ensuring the safety of all our players and spectators at each of our events. Travelling with the Safe Entry Systems has given us the opportunity to work with each local Health Unit in a much more diverse way than your standard contract tracing. This will be a game changer in getting back to some sort of normalcy in the sports and entertainment industry,” stated Brad Jones, President of Jones Entertainment Group.
Predictmedix’s Safe Entry Stations use a proprietary artificial intelligence algorithm, allowing them to offer an easy and non-invasive screening solution for infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. The stations combine their AI with multispectral cameras to scan people as they come through, and either get a green light, allowing them to enter, or a red light, requiring further action.
Today’s announcement comes a few days after the beginning of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, with Canadian teams set to begin their quest for the cup on Wednesday. Hockey is on people’s minds, and given many people had their usual Winter hockey league cancelled due to coronavirus, many people are likely looking forward to the opportunity to compete in Hockeyfest’s road hockey tournament.
“Hockey is more than just a sport. It is essential to the culture and spirit of Canada, and we are proud that our solutions will revive a tradition that was missed deeply amid a global pandemic. As we expand into the live-event market, we are proud to partner with Jones Entertainment that carries a legacy of over 90 years in the making,” said Dr. Rahul Kushwah, COO, Predictmedix Inc.
Following the news, Predictmedix’s share price is up slightly following the news.
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