Workers and businesses have never been more aware of the need for positive occupational and industrial hygiene culture than they are as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. A key means of protecting people against Covid-19 exposure in workplaces has been social distancing – remaining a minimum of 6ft apart – something that will prove challenging in workplaces where floor plans are designed to save space, not to keep workers as distanced as possible.

Casella, expert manufacturer of smart monitoring technology, has developed an innovative, technology-forward solution to simplify social distancing in the workplace with the launch of the Orbi-Trace smart tag – a flexible social distancing solution that provides simple proximity alerts all the way up to full effective contact tracing.

The body-worn Orbi-Trace smart tag is simple to operate, with a stop/start input and single LED power alert. It gives the wearer fully configurable vibration and audible alerts whenever a 6ft safe distance is breached, and can operate indoors and out, with a battery life of up to five days.

The sophisticated Ultra-wideband (UWB) connectivity is accurate in detecting distances down to 4 inch accuracy – making it 20 x more accurate than Bluetooth. The connectivity will not cause interference with WIFI or other RF technologies.

When combined with the wall-mounted anchor unit and proprietary, free to use Infection Insights software, the Orbi-Trace can be used to generate connection graphs and risk and contact assessments, should an employee test positive for Covid-19. Adding additional anchor units to the system expands this to full real-time contract tracking, giving users access to heat-maps of areas where social-distancing may be consistently challenging and a full contract tracing history, making enforcing controls much more straightforward. For those mediating employee privacy concerns, the Orbi-Trace system is also fully GDPR compliant.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for everyone on a business and personal level. But where there are challenges, there are inevitable solutions,” says Tim Turney, Casella Global Marketing Manager. “Businesses have proved their resilience and adaptability in getting staff safely back to work through the Pandemic, and now as those businesses look towards the future with a large-scale return to work, we are here to support them.”

“The Orbi-Trace smart tag is a combined solution to the challenges employees and employees alike face in ensuring a Covid-secure, compliant workplace; maintaining social distancing, enforcing the correct control measures, contact tracing where needed and, most importantly, giving workers and workplaces vital peace of mind that their safety is top priority.”

For more information about the Orbi-Trace smart tag and Casella’s range of market leading personal monitoring equipment, visit https://www.casellasolutions.com/uk/en.html

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