Here’s an update on where we are with our social distancing technology and new features we've got lined up.
COVID-19 has changed the way we work. The introduction of new social distancing practices has been challenging in workplaces, where working close to others has been the norm for decades. As an effective way to prevent virus transmissions, social distancing will require some culture change in working environments.
In May, we wrote a blog post on new wearable technology we were developing to support social distancing and help drive positive behavioural change. Four months on, here’s an update on where we are.
Developed, tested and deployed
We set out to develop a solution that would help people maintain a critical safe distance apart and trace contact back if someone was diagnosed with COVID-19. Our aim was to not only help to stop the spread of COVID-19 and improve employee safety but to also keep businesses running to drive economic recovery at such a crucial time. We are pleased to say that we have achieved and surpassed this goal!
Consisting of an ultra-wideband Hub that can be clipped onto a belt, armband or lanyard, our social distancing wearable can accurately detect the distance between Hubs to sub-10cm precision.
If employees come within a pre-set distance of others, their Hub will vibrate, notifying them to move to a safe distance. As well as being easy to use, Hubs hold charge for a full working day and alert the wearer when the battery is running low.
The Hub is accompanied by an online dashboard, which logs distance breaches and their duration. Dashboard admins can change the minimum separation distance and set groups of employees, adjusting the social distancing settings to suit their job role and environment.
In the event of a COVID-19 diagnosis, employers can reliably trace any contact back with this individual two weeks prior to the diagnosis and up until the present day.
Our technology is now in use across sectors within industry-leading companies, including Rolls-Royce, Siemens and Babcock, helping them improve safety, stop transmissions and give their employees peace of mind. We work alongside all our clients to create a full implementation and onboarding plan. It's an approach that involves behavioural science and health and safety experts to ensure strong workforce engagement, adoption and sustainable behavioural change towards safety.
As we develop our solutions around user engagement and experience, and ensure user privacy, we have seen a positive uptake towards our technology. Working alongside an industry-leading manufacturer, we have evidenced significant behavioural change very early on. Within the first week, we saw a 62% reduction in social distancing breaches among employees, not only helping to improve workplace safety but also helping to change employees’ approach towards safety processes at work.
Keeping the momentum going
With tougher restrictions looking increasingly likely to curb the rise of infections, we're working hard to continue helping businesses maintain a COVID-secure workplace and ensure the wellbeing of their employees.
We're continuing to develop our technology and create new features that can bring significant safety benefits across industries, including geofencing, hazard and near-miss reporting and collision avoidance. With a combination of wearable technology and workplace data, employers can better understand their working environment, improve safety and put an end to avoidable incidents both during and beyond the pandemic.
Want to know more? Let’s talk
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