Startup uses UWB technology to manage social distancing

Startup uses UWB technology to manage social distancing

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By Ally Winning

Its solutions alert employees when they are too close to each other, but offer even more options when integrated with the Pozyx UWB infrastructure. It allows companies to track the history of users, create maps for smart disinfection, and even prevent crowds and bottlenecks.

The Ghent-based startup started hardware and software development using UWB, ultra-wideband technology, in 2015. With its technology, it is now able to implement highly accurate positioning up to 10cm, making it on average 10-50 times more accurate than Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Social distancing requires people to keep at least 1.5m of distance between each other. That’s why neither Wi-Fi nor Bluetooth are precise solutions: the margin of error falls outside the range.

Pozyx leveraged its hardware, software, and analytics expertise to develop additional wearable solutions for social distancing. A stand-alone version notifies users when they are too close to each other with a sound alert or a light. A version that integrates with the Pozyx UWB infrastructure offers an advanced system that tracks a user’s history and provides fine-grained analytics. It allows companies to see a heatmap of employee activity and their specific contact record. Both solutions are specifically designed to get companies safely up and running in no time.

“Our advanced solution is all about smart monitoring and prevention, which saves a company time and money by getting the right insights,” explains Samuel Van de Velde, Pozyx Founder & CEO. For example, heatmaps allow a birds-eye view of busy areas and allow you to disinfect only spaces where employees have been active. It also allows you to spot bottlenecks where too many people may be too close together. “What’s more, our solutions are designed as part of a system, which means they are sustainable in the long-term. As social distancing rules relax, Pozyx solutions can still be used in a variety of applications to accurately position people and things”, adds Van de Velde. Pozyx is currently running multiple pilots with a first prototype version.

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