Helping businesses screen for COVID-19

From: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

December 17, 2020 · Dartmouth, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Canadians must feel secure returning to work, school and social activities during the global pandemic. That is why the Government of Canada is helping Rimot get its rapid, automated, contactless screening tool for indicators of COVID-19, called RimotHEALTH, on the marketplace.

Federal support for easy-to-use, affordable platform

Darren Fisher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Dartmouth – Cole Harbour, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, today announced a repayable contribution of $904,267 to support the commercialization of RimotHEALTH.

Rimot’s COVID-19 virus detection device is safer, faster and more cost-effective than manual screening, enabling businesses to keep their employers and customers safe and the economy running. This support will help Rimot to grow, enter new markets and hire highly skilled workers in data science, system design and market development.

The Government of Canada is commited to ensuring that citizens can confidently carry out their daily activities during the pandemic. This investment will help businesses safely operate and contribute to the Canadian economy during these challenging times.

Quotes

“Our government is proud to work with companies such as Rimot that have developed innovative technology to help fight COVID-19 and keep Canadians safe. We will continue to be here for businesses through this crisis, investing now to support good jobs and prepare for our economic recovery.”

– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“As industry-leading startups like Dartmouth’s Rimot grow and access new markets, they generate wealth for the local economy. Companies across the country and around the world are already piloting the RimotHEALTH technology including local organizations Volta and Halifax Partnership, through the Halifax Innovation District.”

– Darren Fisher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Dartmouth – Cole Harbour

“Our RimotHEALTH solution is being purchased and deployed by organizations across Canada, the United States and now the United Kingdom. Our work is all about helping companies and public sector organizations have safer facilities for COVID-19 and beyond; setting a new standard for health and safety into the future. This support from the Government of Canada will accelerate Rimot’s commercialization and reach into current and new markets.”

– Andrew Boswell, CEO, Rimot

Quick facts

  • Established in 2016, Rimot is a start-up technology company that employs 14 people.

  • RimotHEALTH monitors health questionaire responses and body temperatures to ensure workplaces can operate safely and productively.

  • The technology is being used in Nova Scotia, in other parts of Canada, throughout the United States and overseas in Ireland and Scotland.

  • The investment also supports the development of RimotSHIP, which will provide operational insights for commercial and military ships.

  • RimotHEALTH and RimotSHIP join RimotRF, the company’s initial remote monitoring service, to help businesses reduce costs and increase productivity. RimotRF is the first turnkey service to remotely monitor transmitter sites and equipment, including weather and lightning.

  • Funding for this project is provided through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency‘s (ACOA) Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program.

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