Portage County Sheriff’s Department Selects Draganfly to Provide its Vital Intelligence Technology
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Vital Intelligence’s Vital Sign Screening Detects
Potential Symptoms of COVID-19
Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Draganfly Inc. (OTCQB: DFLYF) (CSE: DFLY) (FSE: 3U8) (“Draganfly” or the “Company”), an award-winning, industry-leading drone solutions and systems developer, today announced that Portage County Sheriff’s department has selected Draganfly’s Vital Intelligence Smart Vital assessment platform to be used to pre-screen inmates and detainees before bringing them into detention.
The Sheriff's Office is the primary law enforcement agency for Portage County, Ohio. In addition to providing law enforcement services, the Sheriff's Office also maintains the county jail and provides security for the county's courts. The Portage County Jail was opened in May of 1995 as a 24-hour-full-service facility located in the Portage County Justice Center.
Draganfly’s Vital Intelligence technology Smart Vital assessment platform and telehealth app can automatically detect with voluntary consent, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure body temperature, O2 saturation and more, all from a camera that takes seconds to attain the information.
The Vital Intelligence Kiosk will pre-screen inmates and detainees before bringing them into their jail helping to ensure the health of their inmate and workforce population.
As of September 23, 2020, the USA had the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world. A December study from the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice (NCCCJ), a nonpartisan criminal justice group, revealed that the infection rate has been three times higher in the prison population compared to that of the general public, while the mortality rate has been double. At least 275,000 incarcerated people have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 1,700 have died (source: National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice).
“Jails and prisons have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Portage County Sheriff’s department had a requirement to add another layer of ongoing, permanent health security within their jail,” said Cameron Chell, CEO of Draganfly. “We appreciate their trust in Draganfly to help ensure that their institution can continue to operate as normally as possible using the Draganfly technology.”
The Smart Vital system monitors, with voluntary consent, vital signs including but not limited to heart rate, breathing rate, body temperature and blood oxygen content (SpO2). The system does not register any personal data of the individual being screened.
The Company also announces that it has retained the services of RedChip Companies, Inc. (“RedChip”) to provide investor relations services to the Company. The investor relations agreement is for a term of 12 months and RedChip will be paid a monthly fee of US$10,000 and will be reimbursed for all approved reasonable out of pocket expenses. RedChip was also issued 75,000 common shares, which are subject to a six-month resale restriction.
Draganfly Inc. (CSE: DFLY; OTCQB: DFLYF; FSE: 3U8) is the creator of quality, cutting-edge drone solutions, software and AI systems that revolutionize the way organizations can do business and service their stakeholders. Recognized as being at the forefront of technology for over 22 years, Draganfly is an award-winning, industry-leader serving the public safety, agriculture, industrial inspections, security, mapping and surveying markets. Draganfly is a company driven by passion, ingenuity, and the need to provide efficient solutions and first-class services to its customers around the world with the goal of saving time, money, and lives.
For more information on Draganfly, please visit us at www.draganfly.com.
For additional investor information, visit https://www.thecse.com/en/listings/technology/draganfly-inc, https://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/DFLYF/overview or https://www.boerse-frankfurt.de/aktie/draganfly-inc.
This release contains certain “forward looking statements” and certain “forward-looking information” as defined under applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking statements and information can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “continue”, “plans” or similar terminology. Forward-looking statements and information are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions that, while believed by management to be reasonable, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the successful implementation and utilization of the Company's Vital Intelligence Smart Vital assessment platform. Forward-looking statements and information are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the ability of the Company to control or predict, that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied thereby, and are developed based on assumptions about such risks, uncertainties and other factors set out here in, including but not limited to: the potential impact of epidemics, pandemics or other public health crises, including the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 on the Company’s business, operations and financial condition, the successful integration of technology, the inherent risks involved in the general securities markets; uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future; the inherent uncertainty of cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, currency fluctuations; regulatory restrictions, liability, competition, loss of key employees and other related risks and uncertainties disclosed under the heading “Risk Factors“ in the Company’s most recent filings filed with securities regulators in Canada on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information except as required by applicable law. Such forward-looking information represents managements’ best judgment based on information currently available. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual future results may vary materially. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.
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