In a continuation of the Concordia blog series, we're highlighting notable partnerships & new cross-sector ventures we read about this week.
Safe workplaces are a priority for Siemens and Salesforce.
A new partnership between the two tech giants aims to create products that facilitate a touch-less office environment. Among these products: mobile boarding passes, allowing employees to access office buildings and elevators, and an occupancy management system, allowing employees to reserve conference rooms and desks through a Siemens app.
WHY IT MATTERS: The challenge of adapting the workplace to fit the requirements of the post-COVID-19 era cannot be overstated. Smart solutions will require the innovation and leadership of the tech industry.
UNICEF and EPAM are joining forces to put a stop to the spread of COVID-19 misinformation.
The two entities are creating a ‘HealthBuddy COVID-19’ app—an amalgamation of EPAM’s COVID Resistance app and UNICEF’s COVID-19 chatbot— containing reliable, timely information about the pandemic. With the app, families across Europe and Central Asia will be able to ask health workers questions, receive public health messages, report rumors, and more. Health workers will have access to a knowledge library replete with information about effective case management, receive alerts on new developments, and leverage exposure notification tools to track the spread of cases.
WHY IT MATTERS: It can sometimes feel like the Internet is drowning in misinformation. UNICEF and EPAM are bringing much-needed clarity and accuracy to today’s confusing state of affairs.
After four years of collection and aggregation, Google and the environmental intelligence startup Aclima have released their much-anticipated air quality data set. The data set contains some 40 million air quality measurements made throughout California. Free for the scientific community, the data will prove integral to future cross-disciplinary research efforts.
WHY IT MATTERS: Aclima and Google’s air quality measurements were used for critical purposes long before the release of the complete data set this year: in 2018, certain measurements were used by researchers at the Environmental Defense Fund and Kaiser Permanente, which published a study linking street-level pollution to heart disease. May future research endeavors abound.