Recent News

May 27, 2020

Nevada Governor Announces Re-opening of Casinos Beginning Next Week

Nevada's Governor, Steve Sisolak, announced yesterday that the state's casinos will begin reopening next week.  The Governor expressed confidence that the institutions would observe social distancing guidelines and urged Nevadans to wear facial coverings "like a badge of honor." Additionally, Mr. Sisolak stated that in-person religious services of up to 50 people could start Friday and that places like shopping malls, bars, movie theaters and gyms could open with some restrictions. As Nevada had the highest unemployment rate of any state last month at 28.2% (almost double the national average of 14.7%), this re-opening announcement could provide a big economic boost to the state's economy amid the coronavirus' burgeoning economic fallout, given that the 24 casinos on the Las Vegas Strip earned over $72 million (US) in fiscal 2017, according to the Center for Gaming Research. This easing of restrictions allows Hi-Tek to continue with their interrupted discussions and presentations in a variety of channels including casinos and hotels, both for the Omni Veil network (powered by iSIGN technology and hardware), but for SAM as well.   https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/499683-nevada-governor-reopening-casinos-next-week
May 21, 2020

iSIGN Patent in Malaysia

We have just received word that our Malaysian patent application for our core technology, Method and System for Out-of-Home Proximity Marketing and for Delivering Awareness Information of General Interest, filed in November 2008 has been accepted for grant by the Malaysian Patent Office. The grant number is MY-173353-A (PI 20084438) and the date of grant is January 20, 2020.
May 7, 2020

Demand for Safety Alert Messaging (SAM) Continues

Our recent press releases concerning SAM have brought increased attention to us and have led to inquiries from companies not only within the seniors/nursing home sphere, but outside as well: A Canadian manufacturer has asked for a demo of SAM and once held, will enter into discussions for a commercial messaging contract.  The number of employees exceeds 700 to start. We have had 2 inquiries from Chilean companies who were introduced to SAM in January 2019, during the trade mission to Chile held by the Ontario government and sponsored by the Chilean Association of technology Companies that we were part of.  One of these inquiries include continued negotiations with Codelco, one of the largest copper mines in the world.  We will be introducing our POD hardware to these companies as well. Additionally, one of the companies inquired about Smart Antenna pricing, as they are "working on several projects where we have proposed the use of antennas." We are encouraged by the ongoing interest shown in SAM from a variety of different channels.    
May 5, 2020

Student Study Regarding The Mandalay Bay Shooting Incident and the Omni Veil Network

We were recently contacted by a team of local computer science research and math inclined quarantined  students who were impressed with what they had seen and hear about the Omni Veil Network (powered by iSIGN).  Hi-Tek and Omni Veil will possibly be using this study in their various presentations as the state of Nevada and the city of Las Vegas eases their Coronavirus/Covid-19 restrictions. The students assumptions included that the small cost for registering for mobile alerts through the Omni Veil app would have been an add-on option to the ticket price for the concert and that a large number of the approximately 22,000 attendees would have completed the registration process to activate the app.  These people would then have been in a position to receive an instant danger alert with subsequent alerts with instructions on where to exit, thus reducing the confusion that was rampant that night. The students' conclusion is that had the Omni Veil app been available at the time of the Mandalay Bay shooting incident in October 2017 and used by the event organizers, 20 of the 59 lives would have been saved and the over 850 injuries (413 wounded and 455 injured in the directionless stampede to exit) suffered that night would have been reduced by 50%.    
May 4, 2020

Comparison of the Omni Veil Network to Other Messaging Solutions

Hi-Tek and Omni Veil have put together a chart to show the value of the Omni Veil network in comparison to other messaging solutions.  Please click on the attached link to see the comparison.   Omni Veil Network Comparison to Other Messaging Solutions  
April 21, 2020

iSIGN’s Patented Technology to Help Enforce Social Distancing in Vegas and Elsewhere Post COVID-19

Hi-Tek Media has announced plans to use their Omni Veil network, powered solely by iSIGN technology and hardware, to message social distancing reminders to the public as the COVID-19 restrictions are eased. While Las Vegas is eager to slowly start returning to normal, social distancing will be a major community issue.  Hi-Tek is preparing to offer its existing vehicular and fixed location network to message reminders of regulations and cautions to avoid further spread of the Coronavirus. All establishments, from restaurants, casinos, retail stores to retirement homes and government services locations will be promoted and introduced to iSIGN's Safety Alert Messaging (SAM), for their internal management and employees.  The staff of all establishments will have the instant ability to message any related alerts instantly to address social distancing, as well as other threatening events at their location. SAM is available at  no-charge to aid in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 for 6 months from April 1st, with no further obligation past the no-charge period.  It is our (iSIGN and its partners) donation in the fight to reduce and eliminate this virus. The Omni Veil Network from Hi-Tek, was originated as the first ever mobile vehicular network to enable the sponsored messaging of any road side, highway travel and community public alerts of any dangerous or threatening conditions.  Its launch was in Las Vegas and will serve and scale from Las Vegas. Powered solely by iSIGN's technology and hardware, the Omni Veil Network is the perfect solution to provide COVIC-19 social distancing alerts, with SAM providing alerts to subscribed individuals, with messages and alert capable of being delivered both indoors and outdoors.
April 17, 2020

Update on No-Charge Safety Alert Messaging (SAM) in Seniors Homes

Feedback received today from Hi-Tek/Omni Veil and Corbiz Strategies concerning the no-charge SAM offer is that our offer has been well received.  The following are the points that were passed along to us in our discussions today with our partners:
  1. from the initial announcement by our partners of SAM at no-charge for a six month period and their reaching out to their contacts, hundreds of seniors homes have received our offer, with almost all responding back looking for additional information on SAM, how it works, etc to order to begin SAM registrations of residents and their families.
  2. three distinct channels have been identified: (i) retirement home; (ii) long-term care nursing homes; and (iii) seniors' homes.  Each has their own differing needs and applications.  Both the registrations, messaging and alerts differ to serve the needs of each channel.
  3. the highest appreciation of SAM and its perceived value-add is from the family members, who want and are asking for daily updates and instant emergency alerts.
  4. all contacted sites require their management/administrators to learn how to load names into our backend; the creation of messages; selecting and messaging to different groups of names (residents; family members; residents and family; staff; all names).
  5. targeting of various regions and homes by emails is now being done in stages by Hi-Tek/Omni Veil, Corbiz, iSIGN and our European partners in order to be able to handle the incoming responses in a timely manner.  In other words, the response to the original release and initial email blasts has been extremely favourable and responding to these initial inquiries is on-going.
  6. the main concern of these three channels (retirement homes, long-term care nursing homes and seniors' homes) is to streamline alert and emergency messaging to try and reduce the current percentage of seniors' mortality from COVID-19.  So far, of the current almost 1,300 deaths in Canada, over 700 are in seniors' homes.
  7. key television, radio, newspapers and internet news operators are now being targeted and contacted.  A wider distribution of the no-charge SAM offer will begin on Monday and Tuesday (April 20 and 21).
  8. current SAM registrations are being parsed and will be shared with participating promoters and homes.
More to follow.
April 16, 2020

Safety Alert Messaging Endorsement – Abington Court Retirement Residence

iSIGN is pleased to announce the endorsement received today from Abington Court Retirement Residence: "We have found iSIGN's safety alert messaging (SAM) solution to be an effective and efficient method of communication with our residents, their families and staff.  The system works well and having it provides great comfort to our residents and their families, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.  I also understand there is now over 12,000 subscribers to SAM as a result of the free SAM offer in Canada and the US."  Vishnja Manjolovac, Manager, Administration at Abington Court Retirement Residence, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. There will be additional media blitz coming and we look forward to greatly increasing the incoming data/metrics from the seniors home channel as they search for a helpful solutions to reduce the shambolic death rate with instant COVID-19 updates and helpful interactions with seniors and their concerned family members.  
April 14, 2020

SAM Endorsement – Irving Bronfman

Late yesterday we were very pleased to receive a positive endorsement from Irving Bronfman for our SAM solutions and our offer of SAM for no-charge for 6 months in seniors homes and elsewhere during this time of Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis: "Recently I become aware of iSIGN's Safety Alert Messaging (SAM) solution.  Speaking as a senior, I am very happy to see that there is a simple communication solution that can instantly deliver messages to my cell phone that can provide timely alerts, notices and reminders, to myself, family and first responders.  I am glad to know that such a service is available.  The service provides me with the necessary sense of security and comfort; especially due to the circulation of the COVID-19 pandemic."  Irving Bronfman, C.A. and Financial Consultant.