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- Tech helps the Reds
- High-tech and Cincy hospitals
- HealthTech on our radar
- Fintech virtual events this fall
- Positive effects of COVID on supply chain
- Know your City!
- Around the region
September 15, 2020
Reds keep an eye on the ball with a NaaS solution
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Typically, MLB teams have about 35 players on the active roster and then another 20-30 on a “taxi squad.” In the age of COVID-19, that’s too many players to train in one facility. So Cincinnati Reds’ management had to separate the two squads and find a way to monitor and evaluate the taxi squad remotely.
The Reds are monitoring their complex baseball operations using a new network-as-a-service (NaaS) solution from CBTS. The system, which is built on Cisco Meraki technology, lets the Reds’ front-office execs and scouts keep an eye on players in real time at any one of the team’s seven locations across the US, plus the new COVID-safe location at Prasco Park in Mason.
Even with the cancellation of the entire 2020 minor league baseball schedule due to COVID, MLB execs still need to keep tabs on players and prospects. The CBTS/Cisco NaaS tech includes live video feeds, cloud-controlled Wi-Fi, routing, and security around the clock. Reds personnel have access to a centralized web dashboard, which lets them keep tabs on promising (and not-so-promising) talent, wherever they are in the organization.
Cincy hospitals use high-tech innovations to stay safe
Hospitals are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. Not only are they treating patients but they are innovating to keep the virus at bay.
Here are some innovations that Cincinnati hospitals are using to keep people safe:
- Mercy Hospitals and Cincinnati Children’s are using UV light germicidal robots, affectionately called “Germinators” by staff. The robots can clean rooms in five minutes using ultraviolet light.
- UC Health hospitals are filtering the air in COVID units using special technology to reroute infected air through filters.
- St. Elizabeth Hospitals are using a special vacuum cart to remove tiny particulates 1/100 the width of a human hair from every room, floor to ceiling. They’re also using UV to sanitize the masks and other PPE.
- TriHealth Hospitals have installed iPads on wheels in their COVID units so staff can communicate with patients without suiting up.
And there are plenty of unexpected tech enhancements that hospitals have had to ramp up, including increasing internet bandwidth to allow thousands of people to work from home; telehealth infrastructure to provide hundreds of thousands of telehealth visits; and AI bots to communicate among health providers.
Who is also creating and leveraging technology to improve healthcare? Below are companies on our innovation radar.
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FinTech Frontier offering virtual events this fall
FinTech Frontier, a collaboration between Cincinnati-based financial-services companies and entrepreneurs, will hold a series of virtual events in September and October. The events will feature “dream teams” of VCs, founders and corporate leaders, who will lead discussions of the future of fintech and highlight Cincinnati’s startups.
FinTech Frontier collaborators include Cincinnati startup catalyst Cintrifuse and corporate partners Western & Southern Financial Group and Fifth Third Bank. The events aren’t limited to those in the financial services industry, but are billed as a place to find innovations for the future and for startups to find partners.
There will also be a fintech pitch competition with a $60,000 prize pool to winning pitches. Learn more and register here.
COVID's effect on Cincinnati's supply chain
The supply chain might not be the most riveting subject for many consumers, who—after all—have come to expect that the products they want will just be there. However, as the pandemic has led to months of bare shelves, people have become more conscious of what it takes to bring the tater tots and toilet paper to their local grocery.
Ironically, the flaws in the supply chain that were revealed when the pandemic hit are driving new opportunities and solutions. This is nowhere more apparent than in the Cincy area, which CincyTech CEO Mike Venerable says has strong assets that will drive growth.
For instance, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has developed a flourishing cargo business, thanks in part to big players like Amazon. And established companies such as Verst Logistics offer everything from fulfillment to freight services. And then there are startups—like Frayt, which has found a niche making on-demand commercial deliveries, and ConnXus, which builds tools to connect suppliers with buyers.
Supply chain trends may turn out to be more riveting than we thought.
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