Polte, which focuses on Cloud Location over Cellular (C-LoC) technology, has launched Polte Proximity, a solution that delivers secure social distancing and contact tracing to support organizations returning to work safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company noted that the new solution does not require added infrastructure or application downloads to employee phones. Polte Proximity leverages centralized management within Polte’s existing asset tracking platform, the Polte IoT Cloud, to enable rapid deployment and automate safety protocol compliance, according to the company.
“People are the most important assets of any organization. We realized that Polte’s asset tracking solution was easily adapted to create a better, more secure way for organizations to allow their people to feel more confident about going back to work,” said Polte CEO Ed Chao. “We are excited to accelerate an organization’s ability to automate monitoring of new safety policies while empowering employees as part of the new normal in business operations.”
The Polte Proximity solution is comprised of a small, rechargeable mobile IoT device worn together with an employee’s existing ID badge or facility access card, the Polte IoT Cloud, and actionable analytics accessible from a standard web browser. The Polte Proximity device securely connects to ubiquitous 4G LTE and 5G cellular networks and cloud computing infrastructure to contact trace employees indoors, outdoors and between company facilities, the company said.
With the new solution, an employee can press a button on the mobile IoT sensor to immediately and privately notify their employer of unsafe conditions in any area of a company facility, indoors or outdoors.
One of the early adopters of the new solution is Teltech Group, a U.S. logistics/supply chain services and asset management company. The firm said it expects to use Polte Proximity to quickly identify and remediate potential high-exposure areas in their warehouses.
“We’re excited for Polte Proximity to help protect our employees. By providing proof of location of the events, we are enabled to enforce our social distancing policies and perform contact tracing if needed,” Teltech Group President Mike Meagher said. “This will direct us if it’s necessary to further spread apart workstations or stagger shifts, as well as incentivize social distancing without requiring additional management time and oversight on the floor.”