Throughout this year, as the pandemic has brought so much upheaval to workplaces, an emerging technology has been taking root — one likely to have a profound impact on human life and work for…
Throughout this year, as the pandemic has brought so much upheaval to workplaces, an emerging technology has been taking root — one likely to have a profound impact on human life and work for generations to come. We’ve seen the rise of tracking.
For years, industries have been experimenting with Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS) to geolocate their workers and products. But COVID-19 has catapulted these services into a new era.
Businesses have turned to them to ensure social distancing among employees, in keeping with health officials’ recommendations that people stay six feet apart. Business leaders have also been implementing technologies based on RTLS to conduct contact tracing, using collected data to warn people if they’ve been in the close vicinity of someone who tests positive for the virus.
In the health industry, more hospitals and medical facilities have begun using locating systems to ensure that personnel wash their hands every time they enter a patient’s room. Research in recent years has demonstrated what a profound difference this can make. The University of Fukui Hospital in Japan, for example, found that the number of times medical staff performed hand hygiene while attending to a patient increased by more than 300%. (The system was built using technology from Quuppa, the company I work for, which uses Bluetooth tags and devices to provide centimetre-level accuracy.)
Meanwhile, manufacturers are using RTLS to follow shipments of goods through new and rapidly changing supply channels. Security teams are even using them to monitor people and watch out for emergency situations in smart buildings.
New figures demonstrate how much growth these…
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