eGate wins Internet of Things Health Award

An Australian-first integrated COVID entry screening system has been recognised at the Internet of Things (IoT) Alliance Australia’s 2021 IoT Award, winning the award in the Health category.

The e-Gate was developed by the University of Sydney and Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (SCHN) and was trialled at The Children's Hospital at Westmead earlier this year.. The system uses a personalised QR code for physical gate-enabled access based on a combination of evidence-based COVID-19 screening questions and temperature checks.

“Our COVID e-Gate utilises near real-time data analytics to provide the latest available screening information,” said Dr Audrey Wang, from the University’s Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases, Charles Perkins Centre and Faculty of Medicine and Health.

Director of Information, Communication and Technology at SCHN, Michael Dickinson, said the system had been trialled by more than 1500 staff and regular visitors over the past eight months.

“Not only does the e-Gate have the ability to be easily expanded to other hospitals but, the Internet-of-Things smart approach to health screening could be useful in other large locations – such as airports and major sports or entertainment venues,” Michael said.

The e-Gate research project is a Westmead Health Precinct collaboration between the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Medicine and Health, Faculty of Engineering, School of Architecture, Design and Planning and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, which is part of Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. It represents a multi-disciplinary collaboration facilitated by the Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases.

The project has involved more than 20 people across the collaboration and key members include Dr Audrey P Wang, Dr Zihuai Lin, Mr Michael Dickinson, Mrs Anne Maree Davis, Dr Soojeong Yoo, Dr Gabriella Scandurra, Mr Jichao Leng, Mr Jason Dalmazzo, Professor Ben Marais, Mr Adam MacBeth, Miss Natalia Gulbransen-Diaz, Mr Jose Parada, Dr Callum Parker, Mr Sunny Bhatta, Mr Kelvin Cheung, and Emeritus Professor Chris Peck.