Austin AI company repurposes resources to produce and donate medical equipment to COVID-19 ATX Exchange
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Apr 06, 2020, 08:00 ET
AUSTIN, Texas, April 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SparkCognition, a leading industrial AI company, has joined a group of businesses to produce face shields and prototype ventilators using industrial 3D printers, which will be donated to COVID-19 ATX Exchange, an initiative started by Dell Medical School at UT Austin to connect community needs with solutions. This initiative comes as a response to a national shortage threat of medical equipment meant to treat patients diagnosed with COVID-19 and protect healthcare workers. Additionally, the company has donated a significant amount of its compute resources to Folding@Home (F@h), a crowdsourcing project to research COVID-19, with the goal to discover the virus’s vulnerabilities.
SparkCognition is working with representatives from organizations including: Trailside Creative, Dell Technologies, Masks for Docs – Austin Chapter, and Dell Med to scale manufacturing of a standardized face shield design. With these designs, the companies will leverage multiple manufacturing processes, like industrial 3D printers and laser cutting, to produce the personal protective equipment. This equipment will be used by healthcare organizations in Austin and community organizations that have to continue crucial work but would otherwise not be prioritized for this gear.
“A couple of days ago, SparkCognition responded to our call for face shields on the exchange website and immediately offered to make and donate about 1,000 to our initiative. The need for these shields is quickly growing, so we would like to invite other companies with similar capabilities to contact us through our exchange website to discuss ways to get involved,” said Nishi Viswanathan, Director of the Texas Health Catalyst at Dell Med.
To further their efforts, SparkCognition is also donating compute power from servers, cloud resources, and laptops and desktops to Folding@Home. F@h is a distributed computing project that works to help scientists better understand biology, and to provide new opportunities for developing therapeutics. F@h has recently increased efforts to research COVID-19, and has asked for the public’s help.
“SparkCognition has some tremendous employees who go above and beyond in many ways. When they heard of the shortage of medical supplies and the need for compute power during this pandemic, they came to leadership with a way to help.” said Amir Husain, founder and CEO at SparkCognition. “Now that we have the ball rolling on these initiatives, we encourage other individuals and organizations which have the capability to join us in this initiative.”
To learn more about how you or your company can get involved or for more information on SparkCognition’s COVID-19 initiatives, reach out to email@example.com.
With award-winning machine learning technology, a multinational footprint, and expert teams focused on defense, IIoT, and finance, SparkCognition builds artificial intelligence systems to advance the most important interests of society. Our customers are trusted with protecting and advancing lives, infrastructure, and financial systems across the globe. They turn to SparkCognition to help them analyze complex data, empower decision-making, and transform human and industrial productivity. SparkCognition offers four main products: DarwinTM, DeepArmor®️, SparkPredict®️, and DeepNLPTM. With our leading-edge artificial intelligence platforms, our clients can adapt to a rapidly changing digital landscape and accelerate their business strategies. Learn more about SparkCognition’s AI applications and why we’ve been featured in CNBC’s 2017 Disruptor 50, and recognized four years in a row on CB Insights AI 100, by visiting www.sparkcognition.com.
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