TIBCO solution helps schools create safer campuses amid pandemic

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TIBCO Software said its advanced COVID-19 symptom-tracking solution TIBCO GatherSmart has played an important role in supporting schools and colleges throughout the pandemic to create a safe and responsible environment for teachers and students.  

“The pandemic has had far-reaching effects on everyone, but in particular, our youth have seen significant change in their lives over such a short time,” said Nelson Petracek, global CTO at TIBCO. “It is exceptionally rewarding to witness how technology can support safe back-to-school practices, enable the careful return of students and educators, and subsequently promote continued learning and social interactions.”

TIBCO GatherSmart is designed to provide a safe, easy-to-manage solution for all types and sizes of organizations as they return to work and school while adjusting to a post-pandemic life.

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Petracek said GatherSmart surfaces the insights needed by schools and organizations to make the tough decisions. It automates the checks required to ensure the safe return of all individuals.  

Used by education institutions and organizations of all sizes, GatherSmart, a TIBCO4Good initiative, is an at-cost solution for businesses and communities to monitor COVID-19 proactively. Built on the TIBCO Connected Intelligence Cloud, the offering is used as a symptom-tracking solution that can be integrated into enterprise-wide applications and data sets for more holistic monitoring through the combination of APIs.  

Immanuel Lutheran School in Illinois started COVID-19 tracking using a paper-based system managed by staff members who physically input answers from students and parents on arrival to track symptoms and temperatures. Now, over 80% of their student body and staff uses GatherSmart, which “greatly expedites getting children safely into school.”

When looking for a safe way to reintroduce students to campus for the school season, Morgan State University in Maryland also chose to implement GatherSmart. 

“The ease of use of the GatherSmart application allowed members of our community, even the least tech-savvy among us, to be active participants in furthering the safety of our environment while amplifying the peace of mind that it offered ,” said Adebisi Oladipupo, CIO of Morgan State University.