EpiTrace Sentinel Solutions Inc. (ESSI)
A Canadian company developing innovative privacy and security-focused tracking and file management software solutions. ESSI currently has two main operating units—ESSI itself and its subsidiary TALL Systems Corp.—and owns all intellectual property.
ESSI was founded in 2020, but our roots go much deeper — all the way back to the SARS outbreak in 2003. This was followed by an initiative to develop, and deploy, livestock tracking technologies designed to identify and isolate diseased animals from their herd. This herd monitoring system helped better manage the health of the entire herd by reducing the need for widespread pharmacological intervention, for which the long term effects on the food chain are unknown.
The founders of the company have an extensive history of proven leadership in real-time solutions, spanning more than twenty years, across a variety of industries, and as originators of a number of associated patents and copyrights.
The ESSI operating division develops augmented intelligence predictive tracking systems focusing on governments, NGOs, and private organizations for enterprise deployment. These systems feature large-scale event tracking for pandemics, natural disasters, and refugees. EMS, police, parole operations, and others may also use such systems.
Our past experience has shown that the sales cycles to governments and their agencies are often lengthy and complex, and require a high cost entry point. In contrast, commercial and retail markets provide a much faster and much lower-cost entry point—quicker acceptance of value in well-priced products is the reward. That's why we created TALL Systems.
TALL Systems Corp
An incorporated, wholly-owned subsidiary of ESSI, TALL is developing innovative, privacy-first, secure hybrid applications for personal use. Based on the concept, “It's your life, your data—own it,” the market potential is significant.
Responding to market need, our mobile app captures and stores relevant vital personal information on a user's independent/standalone mobile device as well as being accessible through a fully supported secure online web portal. These two interfaces work independently or together as needed, and the app can also work without any internet connection.
The TALL app on a personal phone can be used to securely store, yet easily access, personal and family information, as well as professional and business data. Documents and digital records that can be stored include legal papers, corporate accounting and financial records, engineering and architectural plans, health records, travel documents, even favourite food recipes. The uses are limited only by one's imagination.
This concept was the genesis of TALL Systems Corp and its Blue Ocean strategy, and informed our Mission Statement: To deliver a secure solution that manages essential personal records through sophisticated, privacy-first, opt-in features that give you control of your data—when, where and how you need it most.
Our Historical Perspective on Multidimensional Real-time Systems
EpiTrace is an evolutionary development of a system called EpiTrack, which originated in 2003. EpiTrack was designed to address the SARS outbreak, providing valuable contact tracing and identification of potential hotspots.
EpiTrack was demonstrated in a small-scale test to medical authorities in Ontario with real SARS data (in 2003), which showed exactly where new outbreaks were going to occur. Unfortunately, there was no uptake at that time because the crisis seemed to be over, and the sense of urgency had passed. Sadly, however, it wasn't over, and people died in SARS 2, including one of our founder’s best friends.
In the following provincial election, the leadership of the Ontario provincial government changed and so did the experiential perspectives of the political leadership.
History has shown that there is often a great appetite to solve a crisis while it is still active, but that appetite diminishes rapidly after the crisis passes. History has also shown that the best time to prepare for a crisis is before it happens!
EpiTrack also had an iteration intended for use in the livestock industry for tracking cattle in feedlots, combining motion and time/space location data with biometrics and fuzzy logic systems to identify and predict illness outbreak in the herd, allowing for rapid intervention, isolation, and treatment of sick animals. Our technology offers a valid alternative to pharmacological management in the reduction of disease spread and resultant costs and livestock loss.
ESSI is committed to providing solutions to help ensure the success of such preparations.
Outside the box
What We've Learned About Managing Pandemics
Trevor L. Strome, MSc (Public Health Sciences - Epidemiology), Assistant Professor - Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Manitoba
The key success factors in managing any future waves of COVID-19 will include frequent and widespread testing of the population, and rapid, comprehensive contact tracing. EpiTrace Sentinel makes contact tracing much more efficient for healthcare providers, and provides accurate, timely, and readily available data to healthcare planners and officials who are leading the efforts to combat this and future serious public health threats.
Health Professional Collaborations
EpiTrace Sentinel enables public health managers to quickly identify potential new cases—intercepts, locates, connects and helps protect people and communities around the globe.
Nathan Wolfe, Ph.D., Virologist
If we can provide even a few months of early warning for just one pandemic, the benefits will outweigh all the time and energy we're devoting. Imagine preventing health crises, not just responding to them.
Dr. Carl Bell
We need 3 things to stop an epidemic: an evidence base, an implementation system, and political will.
Tom Frieden, Former CDC Director
We know how to stop Ebola: by isolating and treating patients, tracing and monitoring their contacts, and breaking the chains of transmission.