Workplace distancing and contact tracing
Have a response strategy ready to ensure a safe workplace at all times
- The recent COVID-19 outbreak has put pressure on businesses with partial and full office lockdowns
- Multiple smaller-scale lockdowns/”curve-flattening” measures are likely to be required over an extended period of time
- To ensure a safe return to the normal work setup, companies need to implement social distancing and contact tracing measures at the workplace
Benefits at a glance
- Ensure a quick return to work in line with health and safety regulations
- Provide peace of mind to employees through reliable and prompt response protocols
- Prevent workplace outbreaks and further business disruption
How Bosch can help
Bosch can provide a quick-to-implement IoT solution, delivering both a set of smart building capabilities and outbreak preparedness.
Our workplace distancing use case is based on the Connected Building software and custom hardware such as building sensors and Bluetooth beacons. The beacons come in various forms and sizes and can be combined with an electronic key card, a lanyard, or even a wristband. For extra safety, the wristband beacon can provide real-time temperature monitoring and send an alert if a fever is detected.
Personal data protection is ensured as beacons are anonymized and tracked in the cloud only by their IDs. Assigning a beacon number to a specific person is done outside the cloud, on the customer side, and only authorized personnel have full access to the data.
We can add more functionality with the use of desk sensors, cameras, and other IoT devices. Particular applications of beacons, cameras and sensors are subject to a country’s regulations on personal data collection.
Our solution for a safer workplace during the pandemic
The scope of functions and implementation options depend on country-specific regulations and may therefore vary in different markets.
- Static workplace distancing: desk sensors ensure that there is enough space between occupied desks.
- Dynamic workplace distancing: the system tracks personnel across the building and alerts them if a predefined safe distance (e.g., 1m) is breached. It can remind employees to keep a distance through different means such as automated messages via the public announcement system or the ceiling light directly above that starts blinking or changes color, etc. Push notifications can also be sent to operators via the dashboard or cellular phones.
- Safety protocols and rules: automated alerts can be created in the system for different scenarios, depending on your business processes and in line with your country’s health regulatory requirements and personal data protection laws.
- Geofencing: a virtual perimeter of particular building spaces ensures added safety where you need it.
- People density: monitoring helps prevent crowd formation and allows only a specific number of people in a meeting room or cafeteria.
- Contact tracing: historical data can be retrieved within minutes to trace and isolate close contacts of virus carriers. The system can identify high- and lower-risk contacts based on the amount of time spent in proximity.
- Prevention of surface transmission: people that have had no direct contact but have used the same equipment can be traced as well.
- Targeted disinfection: meeting rooms, lift lobbies, offices, and other building spaces visited by a carrier can be quickly identified and disinfected to prevent a workplace outbreak.
- Face mask usage monitoring: AI-enabled algorithms can track if a mask is on and if it is used correctly (i.e. covers the nose). This requires the use of cameras. Bosch cameras can provide a metadata stream, separate from a video stream, to address privacy concerns.