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Turnkey contact tracing solution launched for workplaces

Kerlink and Microshare have combined their technology and expertise to develop the solution which makes use of inexpensive Bluetooth beacons rather than smartphones.

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The companies’ experience in asset tracking aided the development of the tracing system
The companies’ experience in asset tracking aided the development of the tracing system

Internet of Things solution specialist, Kerlink, and data management company, Microshare, have collaborated on the design of a turnkey contact tracing solution to help public and private sector organisations return to work and help fight the spread of Covid-19.

 

The solution traces the proximity of workers and users in facilities and closed areas through inexpensive Bluetooth beacons and long-range, low-power (LoRaWAN) networks and claims to close a loophole opened by systems relying on smartphones.

 

Asset tracking experience

 

Development of the solution has benefited from the companies’ experience in indoor asset tracking and monitoring. Microshare co-founder and CEO Ron Rock, said they realised that tracking employees inside a building “wasn’t dissimilar to tracking hospital beds”.

 

He added: "Building on our existing Asset Zoning solution, which tracks the location of items such as hospital beds and wheelchairs, Kerlink and Microshare developed Fitbit-style wearable Bluetooth devices coupled with a non-invasive long-range network.

 

“They can be used for workplace proximity tracing even where cellphones aren’t allowed.”

 

The solution combines Microshare’s Universal Contact Tracing technology and Kerlink’s Wanesy Wave scanners, industrial-grade indoor and outdoor LoRaWAN gateways as well as the Wanesy Management Centre core network and network management tools.

“In this difficult time for companies, health-care facilities, government agencies and all their employees it is crucial for technology companies to help mitigate the effects of Covid-19.”

The companies claim that the turnkey solution can be deployed in weeks, with no need to design new hardware, or install new networks or data-management systems. It runs entirely on a separate network from those that hold corporate databases.

 

Staff are issued simple and inexpensive autonomous Bluetooth-enabled badges, keyrings or wristbands with a unique ID. No personally identifiable information (PII) is used and data transmitted and recorded is only based on device user identifier (UID).

 

When devices come in close proximity to each other, they scan and record each other’s UID through an encrypted code and regularly upload these UID “encounters” to a central, secure, searchable and auditable database.

 

Only government agencies, corporate-wellness and security officers, facility managers or other officials responsible for mitigating Covid-19 exposure can then identify the wearer of the device, thanks to its unique UID, and trace previous movements of people who subsequently test positive or who develop symptoms.

 

“In this difficult time for companies, health-care facilities, government agencies and all their employees it is crucial for technology companies to help mitigate the effects of Covid-19,” said Stephane Dejean, CMO, Kerlink.

 

"The Kerlink and Microshare solution helps workers to feel safe in their workplace and protect their personal data. It also supports companies’ determination to efficiently and safely get back to business when government officials give them the green light.”

 

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