WBBM Newsradio Interview – How Schools Can Be Made Safer

TrustPlace

August 26, 2020
Brian Carpizo
TrustPlace

The start of the new academic school year finds students in reopened classrooms, students at home or some students doing both. Brian Carpizo, founder and CEO of Trust Place Technologies in Chicago, joins the Noon Business Hour on WBBM 780.

WBBM:

The start of the new academic year find students in classrooms, in some areas, students at home, and some students doing both. Let’s find out more about making school building safe-run. We welcome Brian Carpizo, Founder and CEO, TrustPlace Technologies. Brian, tell us about your company and how this all works.

Brian:

Thank you. TrustPlace was created during the pandemic to address all the new requirements and complexities that have been thrust upon us with reopening. TrustPlace really is there to help guide public establishments, including schools, to get all of these different guidelines which come from the CDC, OSHA, get them organized, get them the ability to certify against these things so that they can  keep track of all these everything on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. It provides the ability for them to make that transparent to the community. Now, it’s really important for the stakeholders, which include the public, to be able to see the level of compliance and the depth of things that are going on, because it’s just not enough to go see it with your eyes. A lot of things that occur happen behind the scenes, and it’s important to be able to show that level of transparency.

WBBM:

So Brian, are you communicating that to parents and the rest of the community through the data that you collect and an app? Is that how that works?

Brian:

That’s right. So the schools, for example, have access to a library that we put together by combing through these very detailed documents, structuring them into tasks. And then allowing the schools to work off of that and then publish it so that the public can see exactly what’s going on.

WBBM:

So tell me about some of the things that you collect the data on. Obviously, think hygiene, cleaning, that kind of stuff, social distancing maybe.

Brian:

Yes, the physical distancing is one of the main categories. There’s a lot of protocols regarding that. There’s a lot of protocols regarding signage, so that people are aware of what the requirements are to enter the building, et cetera. There’s protocols in there also for how to handle an infection event. That’s one of the things that is potentially going to be a reality of our new normal. In that, these things are going to happen, and so public establishments need to be ready for that, and need to be ready in a systematic way.

WBBM:

And tell us a little bit about how this all came about. You said as a result of the pandemic, obviously, but was it a couple of people sitting together saying, “Listen, we have this idea.” How did it come about?

Brian:

I’ve been working in the software industry for 30 years. I’ve been working with a lot of companies, digitizing complicated operations, and was actually on my way to kind of start a more generalized software company around workflow and operations, and then the pandemic hit. And I immediately realized that there’s an opportunity not only to help public establishments get organized and be able to digitize these procedures. But then also provide them a way to provide transparency to the public. Because I believe that for us to get back to some kind of new normal, there need to be an implicit promise between public places and the people that go there. There needs to be a broad understanding of what’s being done, In order to get people confident to come back.

WBBM:

How can people find out more about what you do and your services? And how they can get involved?

Brian:

You can go to our website at trustplace.app. We have libraries released for restaurants, schools, fitness centers, and retail stores. Our school library, the CDC guidelines just came out two weeks ago. So we’ve been working really hard to kind of make sure that everything’s up-to-date, but we’re ready. Hopefully, the schools will be ready so that we can help get our students back in.

WBBM:

That’s Brian Carpizo, Founder and CEO, TrustPlace Technologies. Thanks for joining us.

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