Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2016 Regional Award Winner


Be Seen Be Safe Ltd., Guelph

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MPP Liz Sandals and Joel Sotomayor

MPP Liz Sandals and Joel Sotomayor

In the event that a livestock disease hits, quick action is required to contain the outbreak. Biosecurity best practices require farm visitors to sign in and out of a facility. Compiling information from a physical logbook takes time that cannot be spared in the event of an emergency. That’s why Joel Sotomayor and Tim Nelson have created a virtual visitor log, Be Seen Be Safe, that leverages GPS technology to create virtual borders around farms. When feed suppliers, veterinarians and other regular visitors cross the “geofence,” an app on their smartphone generates an automatic entry into the virtual visitor log. Should an outbreak occur, the system sends an alert to other farms and service providers in the area. Producers in Canada and around the world are adopting the system, making it faster and easier to respond to outbreaks of dangerous diseases.


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