SMART MASK, the World’s First Nex-Gen Technology Mask to Tackle COVID-19, Launches Campaign on Indiegogo with Backing of Pro Football Hall of Famer Champ Bailey

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Campaign to Scale Production for K-12 Schools Preparing for In-Person Learning

The Smart Mask uses next generation technology to monitor body temperature and air quality, track mask-wearing compliance, and generate CDC reporting.

The Smart Mask is more than just an investment; it is unequivocally the most timely gift we can give this holiday season to our children, teachers and school staff.”

Pro Football Hall of Famer Champ Bailey, in partnership with Modern Radio, Inc., today announced the launch of an Indiegogo campaign to scale production of its Smart Mask, the world’s first next generation technology mask that tracks mask-wearing compliance, generates CDC reporting, and monitors air quality and body temperature. The Smart Mask Indiegogo campaign can be found at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/smart-mask#/

Created to bolster a safe return to in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Smart Mask prototype won the global innovation award at the ATP Cyber Health Tech Conference in August 2020. Shortly afterwards, Modern Radio – creators of the Smart Mask- completed validation and testing of the solution and partnered with NFL Hall of Famer Champ Bailey (Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins). Since his retirement from the NFL in 2014, Bailey has devoted his efforts to start-ups through his investment company, Team Bailey Holdings.

“As a parent, there is nothing I won’t do to keep my kids safe when they are at school, participating in sports or visiting any location where I am not present,” said Champ Bailey. “As an investor, I know the value of the Smart Mask as a win-win for decision-makers - whether parents, district superintendents, principals, and PTAs - who are responsible for ensuring children wear a mask and that the air quality around them is safe. The Smart Mask is more than just an investment; it is unequivocally the most timely gift we can give this holiday season to our children, teachers and school staff.”

How the Smart Mask works:
The reusable Smart Mask operates with a Bluetooth enabled chipset integrated with the Smart Mask app to securely track and store encrypted data on air quality, body temperature and environmental conditions including pollutants, irritants and other viral threats.

The Smart Mask sensor also monitors CDC COVID-19 assessment survey and mask wearing compliance, gathers on-demand reporting and contact tracing, and alerts when face masks are required or removed. Using an IoT stick (dongle) plugged into a computer, any classroom or office can instantly become a monitoring station. Unlike other wearables, the Smart Mask uses codes or unique identifiers, not real names or personal data, which allows the Smart Mask to adhere to compliant data transfer.

“Returning to ‘normal’ as safely as possible is a daily conversation and no one can predict what our new normal will look like in a few months or even a few years,” said Laron Walker, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Modern Radio, Inc. “Vaccines are on the horizon, but administration of those vaccines will be a lengthy, difficult process. The Smart Mask offers immediate peace of mind as more kids return to in-person learning. And because Smart Mask utilizes next-generation technology, its evolution will keep us one step ahead of challenges associated with future viral threats or critical environmental conditions.”

Benefits of the Smart Mask plug-and-play data tracking approach:

  • Eliminates the bottleneck associated with manual temperature checks (of multiple people, multiple times a day), manual entry of data and cumbersome paper reporting
  • Gives organizations prompt access to information to make informed decisions, even across multiple facilities or locations
  • Allows parents to monitor their child's body temperature, sneezing or coughing when they are at school or any place where a face mask is required, be notified if their child removes his/her mask, manage their child's mask schedule, and monitor the air quality around their child.

Indiegogo Campaign
The base goal for the Smart Mask’s launch Indiegogo campaign is $50,000. A successful campaign will supply approximately eight schools with Smart Masks delivered personally by Champ Bailey who, along with his team, is already bringing this technology solution to K-12 schools. After a successful launch campaign, the Smart Mask will increase its Indiegogo crowdfunding goal in order to produce and deliver masks to K-12 school districts across the nation.

The Smart Mask, which has a patent pending design, will begin shipping to backers in January 2021 with final orders, manufacturing, and product availability worldwide by March 2021. The Indiegogo campaign offers discount perks ranging from 5-15% based on perk level and encourages backers to adopt a classroom or school with bulk ordering.

To learn more about and support the Smart Mask Indiegogo campaign, visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/smart-mask#/

About Modern Radio, Inc.
Based in Atlanta, GA and Orlando, FL, Modern Radio is the creator of the Smart Mask. This team of developers, inventors, thinkers, designers, and IoT enthusiasts uses Nextgen Smart Sensor Technology to deliver end-to-end IoT solutions that help organizations achieve impressive results, increase operational efficiency and maintain a competitive edge. For more information about Modern Radio, please visit https://modernradio.io/. Follow the Smart Mask journey on Twitter and Facebook.

About Champ Bailey
Champ Bailey is a former All-American at the University of Georgia and was the seventh overall, first-round pick of the Washington Redskins in the 1999 NFL Draft. Bailey quickly established himself as one of the league’s best defensive backs and excelled at the highest level on the field for over 15 years. In 2004, he was traded to the Denver Broncos where he set the record for the longest non-scoring play in NFL history during a playoff game in 2006. Bailey’s 12 Pro Bowl selections are the most by a defensive back in NFL history, securing his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019. Champ is founder of Team Bailey Holdings which invests in a variety of industries, ranging from multi-family real estate to start-ups, as well as marketing and esports.

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