October 15, 2022 | 3 minute

What is Bluetooth Contact Tracing?

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The Covid19 pandemic has changed the way we think about workplace safety. Many businesses are trying to decide on the best solution for giving their employees, customers and visitors the confidence to return to their normal routines and avoiding further shutdowns.

One of the solutions that can help to increase safety in the workspace is Bluetooth-based contact tracing.

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What is the difference between Contact Tracing & Social Distancing

Contact tracing and social distancing are two related but different concepts often used in discussion about combating the spread of COVID. However, both social distancing and contact tracing have different applications and benefits in various environments.

Social distancing is maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other people to reduce the risk of viral transmission. Six feet or two meters distance is perceived as a minimum to prevent people from getting infected and decrease or interrupt the spread of contagious diseases such as COVID19. Social distancing tools help to monitor if the safe distance is kept, but can be insufficient to protect people in the offices or industrial settings.

However, contact tracing helps to identify those who have been in close contact with an infected person so they can be sent to quarantine or get tested immediately. Contact tracing is key when it comes to preventing COVID 19 outbreaks in workplaces, major sanitization responses and ensuring employee well-being.

What is Covid-19 Contact Tracer?

Bluetooth Contact Tracing is a solution that tracks real-time and historical interactions between employees to identify who was in close contact with an infected person. Access to this data is highly protected, only authorized persons can see the actual employee ID card numbers and match them with employee data in case someone needs to be sent to quarantine or get tested. Moreover, it enables you to identify the exact areas to sanitize so there is no need to shut down and sanitize the entire facility.

How does bluetooth contact tracing work?

  1. Provide your employee or visitor with BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) tag.
  2. The Portal Light gateway continuously scans BLE signals from the tags and sends relevant information to the Cloud.
  3. The Cloud then communicates with the Contact Tracer App to provide anonymous location information of tagged people.
  4. In a case when an employee reports early symptoms or a diagnosis, an authorized person e.g. HR manager can see within the app with whom this person was in touch with and where he/she was moving around within a building.

Contact our team to learn more and discuss the possibilities of applying Bluetooth-powered Contact Tracing solutions in your business.