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Joint solution uses IoT smart lighting to help buildings reopen

It provides employers with the ability to understand the precise location of employees and visitors, relayed via any mobile device, such as smartphones or handheld computers.

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Current's smart lighting and Pointr's location tracking can help organisations reopen safely
Current's smart lighting and Pointr's location tracking can help organisations reopen safely

GE Current and Pointr have partnered to use smart lighting that leverages Internet of Things (IoT) and location tracking technology to help large buildings reopen safely, as pandemic lockdown restrictions continue to ease in some regions.

 

The joint solution involves Pointr’s location-based services communicating with smart devices using Current’s intelligent lights.

 

Targeted at retailers, warehouses and industrial premises, it provides employers with the ability to understand the precise location of employees and visitors relayed via any mobile device, such as smartphones or Honeywell handheld computers.

“With contact tracing, disinfection lighting and insights on occupancy and congestion, employees are reassured that their employer takes their health seriously”

Applications include contact-tracing, disinfectant lighting, safe wayfinding, occupancy, and congestion management features which seek to provide reassurance to workers as they return to work.

 

“Now more than ever, technology can help businesses deliver an optimal working environment for workers,” said Ed Davis, director, corporate development and alliances at Current.

 

“With smart lighting combined with location-based services, businesses get efficient return-to-work solutions that are easy to implement and highly scalable across multiple platforms.”

 

Key benefits include:

  • Hyper-accurate indoor positioning: accurate indoor positioning is crucial to enable location-based services such as indoor wayfinding, location-sharing and asset-tracking. Pointr’s Deep Location technology uses machine-learning techniques to ensure 1 metre location accuracy, even in complex buildings
  • Disinfectant lighting: clinically proven disinfectant lighting provides a germicidal UV solution for any occupied space. Current claims its technology has the ability to significantly reduce common pathogens while being safe for human exposure
  • Contact tracing: with the WorkSafe contact-tracing app and dashboard, employers can quickly identify exposed employees for testing, potentially limiting widespread facility closures, the partners report
  • Occupancy and congestion management: building managers can monitor visitor flows, bottlenecks and density using occupancy and congestion analytics. By monitoring how many people are in specific zones of the buildings, employers ensure there is no overcrowding within the venue.

“We are excited to collaborate with Current to give employers the tools to reopen their workplace safely. With contact-tracing, disinfection lighting and insights on occupancy and congestion, employees are reassured that their employer takes their health seriously and can react quickly,” added Trevayne O’Brien, head of partnerships at Pointr.

 

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