As more workers return to the office, technology is coming to the rescue to monitor workforce health.
Employee tracing technology can do everything from vibrate when workers are too close to each other, to alert employees when they’ve been in contact with someone who tested positive.
It’s a whole new COVID world out there. Here’s how tech is helping.
One of the most significant issues companies face when attempting to reopen is controlling workforce loss through false positive exposure to COVID, says Benji Nadler from the Sonarax team. So Sonarax developed an ultrasonic protocol for employee tracing.
Following a positive diagnosis, SONAR-XE can inform employees who have been in close contact with the infected employee. For example, SONAR-XE will alert employees who have been in a room with the infected employee or in a room after he was there.
This technology uses sound waves to provide precise and accurate contact tracing with fewer false positives, since they can’t travel through walls, ceilings, or floors. To effectively use SONAR-XE, companies would instal beacons throughout the office, using the protocol that’s compatible with Android and iOS devices.
For this to work correctly, every employee would receive an Amuleit tag, explained Alex Kozhevnikov, Chief Business Development Officer and Co-Founder of Daw Software LLC.
“This is a contact tracing device in the form of a key fob that employees should always carry with them,” Kozhevnikov says.
When employees are close to each other, their devices exchange Bluetooth signals. The Amuleit router then transfers the data from the tags to the server. Using a special algorithm machine, the Amuleit Center identifies employees with a high risk of infection before they show symptoms, Kozhevnikov says.
For example, 35 percent of employees at a 500-employee business were infected with COVID-19. The company lost $1.6 million every month throughout the outbreak. By installing Amuleit on time, Kozhevnikov says, the business would retain 79 percent of its monthly income, saving more than $1 million monthly.
The company that provides wearable technology for industrial workers added automated proximity and contact tracing capabilities to its Reflex wearable device. The upgraded Kinetic Reflex may be worn on your belt or waistband, and it automatically provides users with real-time feedback to reduce COVID-19 spread and infection.
“With COVID-19 infections among industrial workers forcing shutdowns everywhere from meatpacking plants to e-commerce distribution centers, there clearly is a need to better leverage smart technology to connect these workers and help protect them from infection,” says Haytham Elhawary, Kinetic co-founder and CEO.
Workers receive a light vibration when they come in close contact with each other to remind them of proper social distancing. Also, if someone tests positive, Reflex can generate a report of everyone who was potentially exposed, along with the duration of the contact.