The digital solutions company Gibraltar Technologies (GT) kicked off Wai-Eye, an artificial intelligence (AI) powered mobile app designed to help schools meet the new COVID-19 health and safety protocols set by the government of Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK). The app enhances schools’ existing closed-circuit television (CCTV) infrastructure to capture, analyse, and generate real time data to control entry, pick up, and school visit procedures; screening and contact tracing; hygiene; mask usage; physical distancing arrangements; and school transportation. The plug-and-play app also has an integrated facial recognition feature to facilitate automated school attendance, contactless door access, secure child pick up, and contact tracing. GT chief executive officer & executive director Khadeer Peer Shariff noted that ‘Getting future ready is at the heart of our vision. Over the last two years our R&D Labs have been testing out various technology-enabled solutions. We were already ahead of the curve in AI technology so when this unprecedented situation presented itself, we were able to respond quickly with a comprehensive tailor-made, cost-effective, and easy to deploy solution’.