Daon’s biometric health screening app deployed to prevent COVID-19 spread at U.S. university
Anderson University, a private non-profit Christian liberal arts university in Anderson, Indiana, has partnered with Daon to roll out its digital health screening solution with supported facial biometrics for identity verification, dubbed IdentityX Health, to conduct daily COVID-19 screenings, the institution announced.
Members of the campus community will self-screen on a daily basis by checking for body temperature and symptoms. Abnormal temperature and COVID-19-related symptoms will trigger a notification for campus healthcare workers and the person’s contacts. The platform supports full digital onboarding, which includes biometrics, or sponsored identities for users already known to the organization.
“This solution will allow us to detect cases on campus and respond with a full set of resources for faculty, staff, and students,” said Dr. Sarah Neal, professor of nursing and head of the AU COVID-19 task force, in a prepared statement. “We will be able to communicate important messages in a timely manner, and manage isolation and quarantine more effectively. Most importantly, Daon’s IdentityX Health will offer our campus community the ability to return to campus with a measure of safety that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.”
“At Daon, we believe that identity is a critically enabling component for the public’s return to social and economic normalcy, while also increasing resilience against future health security threats,” said Daon CEO, Tom Grissen, in a prepared statement. “We couldn’t be prouder to work with a university that shares our vision for building technology that helps restore the confidence of students, faculty, and staff, and protects their wellness and safety.”
Anderson University President since 2015, John Pistole led the FBI’s counterterrorism program post 9/11. Other roles he held in the agency include Executive Assistant Director for national security and Deputy Director. An expert in risk management and mitigation, Pistole contributed to terrorism policy development during the Bush and Obama administrations. He has been working closely with John Sanders, currently President of Emerging Markets at Daon, who is also a Trustee at AU.
DHS and industry veteran Sanders has been leading the global expansion of Daon’s biometric identity platform capabilities as President of Emerging Markets since 2019.