When social distancing is required to lower the risk of catching a virus, such as in Covid-19 outbreak, it may be difficult for factory owners to track all of their employees. Estimote, a Bluetooth location beacon startup, has created a new range of wearable devices that will allow a business owner to monitor their workers remotely and control the COVID-19 outbreak in their workplace.
The devices are called “Proof of Health” wearables, reports TechCrunch. The wearables aim to provide monitoring the potential spread of the coronavirus from person-to-person – at the level of a local workplace facility. It has a contact tracing dashboard and Bluetooth devices, which are worn by employees. The devices worn employees have buttons, LED indicators, and they come in waterproof and industrial grade silicone casings.
With the button, the employees log their health status in real-time. The employer can store up to six weeks of exposure data, work with a “locally stored and secure employee graph database”, and “easily manage quarantine periods” using exposure data.
The devices are intended to come in various form factors. The pebble-like version that is now in use, can be clipped to a lanyard for wearing and displaying around a person’s neck. This design is already in production and 2,000 will be deployed now, with a plan to ramp production for as many as 10,000 more in the near future. The company hopes to manufacture these in two more designs in the future: a wrist-worn device with an integrated adjustable strap and another one in the form of a card that’s easier to carry and could work alongside traditional security badges often used for accessing workplaces, the TechCrunch report said.
“This stack has been in full production for 18 months,” Steve Chaney, co-founder of Estimote, told TechCrunch. “We can program all wearables remotely (they’re LTE connected). Say a factory deploys this — we write an app to the wearable remotely. This is programmable IoT.