Sioux Falls, South Dakota Uses Coronavirus Emergency Response Platform to Fight Pandemic

The city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota is now using Coronavirus Emergency Response (CoVER) – an AI, IoT and cloud-based platform from Quantela – to better utilize data to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The platform will enable the city to uncover and  amalgamate information from city, county, state, and federal sources; analyze and map the data; and then define zones that help visualize the location of virus hot spots. It is expected that this will enable the city to better allocate resources such as test kits and other medical supplies, define quarantine locations, and exhibit comparative data from neighboring zones.

“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,“ Mike Grigsby, director of innovation and technology for Sioux Falls, said. “In the face of a possible second wave this fall, implementing the CoVER platform can help us better monitor detailed patterns and trends in our data, enabling us to formulate appropriate responses before things reach a crisis point.”  

CoVER runs from a Command and Control Center dashboard that uses a cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) engine.

“As Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the rest of the country opens up, people will be heading back to work and out to businesses such as bars, restaurants, and hair salons, so it is vital to keep a steady eye on how the situation evolves at a local level,” says Aaron Simkin, VP Strategic Partnerships & Alliances Americas at Quantela. “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. In the face of a new virus like COVID-19, data can help save lives.”