As governments around the world start to relax their quarantine measures to reignite their economies and re-opening their factories, the new normal amidst the COVID-19 pandemic requires for new measures around social distancing, contact tracing and disinfection.
With an eye on helping the manufacturing sector comply to these new measures, Zebra Technologies has rolled out its newest solution featuring proximity sensing with user-level alerting and contact tracing to enable employers to help protect their employees’ health while in the work environment.
Called MotionWorks Proximity, the company’s latest offering meets the requirements of many governments return-to-work guidelines and the needs of many enterprises looking for a viable option to enhance their reopening strategies.
Zebra’s solution provides proximity and contact tracing insights, dashboards and reports to employers as well as individual proximity alerts for the employees. The data is tied to an employee ID or anonymized user ID, allowing for actionable insights by the employer while allowing for the privacy of individuals, unlike other public contact tracing solutions. Accurate, automated contact tracing can help companies quickly identify exposed employees for testing, potentially limiting widespread facility closures.
“The health and safety of our employees has been our utmost priority and we stand firm in protecting our front-line workers and those returning to the offices,” said Fang-How, Lim, regional director for Southeast Asia, Zebra Technologies. “Various teams across our company came together to define, develop and deploy a proximity tracing, alerting and contact tracing solution within one of our largest distribution facilities. It is currently available for our customers to deploy and protect their employees working in manufacturing and warehouse environments.”
Leveraging Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) and WiFi, the solution is hosted in the cloud, implemented quickly and managed remotely by Zebra, eliminating on-site professional services. It doesn’t require new infrastructure and can be leveraged on existing supported Zebra Android devices or new devices available in different form factors and price points depending on customer requirements.
“Our solution uses front-line workers’ existing devices which helps in reducing additional capital costs and accelerates employee adoption,” said Lim. “With our depth of expertise and experience in ruggedised Android mobile computers, we are able to provide this solution with security and privacy embedded at the outset.”