Key Technologies and Tips to Help Ensure Social Distancing and Protect Your Employees
Save for perhaps a few scientists across the globe, it is unlikely anyone was prepared for what 2020 brought along: a pandemic. However, given how resilient mankind is, we are starting to adapt in almost all aspects of life, including at work. Wait, how are companies ensuring social distancing and such in offices? With help from technology, of course; many have turned to digital wristbands, while others are making do with apps.
Workplaces of today are adjusting to the new normal. While it is one of the biggest challenges to encourage and further monitor social distancing there are a ton of technologies that help keep employees apart. It would include wearables, mobile apps, and video analytics.
The manufacturers of today are learning to adapt on how to keep plants open & productive while keeping the workers safe by implementing new safety protocols. By implementing technology specifically focused on curtailing COVID-19, such as Internet of Things (IoT) wearables helps track unavoidable exposures among their workforces
Here are some other real-world applications of technologies and how different companies are using them to help keep their employees safe in the age of COVID-19.
1. Proximity sensors and systems: Wearable devices and mobile devices are now doubling up as proximity sensors in what is perhaps one of the most popular means to enforce social distancing at the moment. These devices generally send out signals which make it easier for the distance between devices to be tracked. These devices and apps can also sound alarms and send out alerts to employees as well as the teams charged with the task of enforcing social distancing and other safety guidelines.
2. Video analytics: Some companies are also turning to a whole other system that relies mostly on videos recorded throughout the day from across different cameras installed in the office. These companies make use of artificial intelligence-driven tools to analyze videos to gauge the distance between individuals. Such analysis can be applied in real-time as well, allowing managers and supervisors to send out alerts and inform individuals when they break the minimum social distancing limit.
3. Track the WiFi: A terrific and kind of inexpensive way to help enforce social distancing at their premises, companies have now started to leverage a tool they already own: WiFi. An increasing number of companies now use their Wi-Fi communication systems to keep an eye on not only the distance between individuals at any given time but also track clusters, i.e. how many individuals are gathered in specific areas across the company’s campus. Not only that, but WiFi systems can also be used to determine the location of different devices to see where employees are or where they have been placed in the office.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought about changes in every single person’s life and it has compelled changes in how we work and conduct business as well. The changes, then, have been a tad more trying for companies trying to ensure continuity of their businesses while also ensuring the safety of their employees. Suffice it to say that adapting to these changes and this quickly would have been impossible without technology. As the pandemic rages on, companies are now seeking out various tools and solutions to help them go back to work while also keeping their workers safe.
If you too are on the same boat, a good idea for you would be to start considering the development of a social distancing alert system using artificial intelligence. Of course, this tool will only be one of a handful of measures you may need to safeguard your employees, but as the above discussion demonstrates, this solution will constitute an important part of robust and all-encompassing safety strategies for companies as they navigate the pandemic.