VANCOUVER, British Columbia (PRWEB) April 15, 2020
Today Proxxi (https://www.proxxi.co/), a safety technology company for industrial work forces, announced the launch of Halo, a wearable band to help maintain social distancing amongst those on a job site or in a workplace. Halo notifies wearers that another band is within 6 feet (2 meters), reminding them of the need to maintain social distance. Halo is designed to help protect essential workers and to enable the return to work as COVID-19 measures are relaxed in the future.
Halo is a wrist-worn band that is always on and always “aware.” It is designed to be deployed to all personnel at a job site or workplace to help ensure a safe social distance is maintained. When two workers come within 6 feet of each other, their two bands vibrate.
Proxxi CEO Campbell Macdonald said “The need to maintain social distancing is critical to reducing transmission of COVID-19. Our existing customers in construction, manufacturing and utilities have essential workers in the field and requested this product. We hear that there may be broader applications potentially in retail, warehousing and healthcare.”
Proxxi’s principle product protects industrial workers from electrical contact injuries and electrocution. Their wearable bands provide real-time insights into worker and team safety behavior, and let workers know when they are approaching an energized source.
Halo anonymously keeps track of interactions with other bands. Companies can see which bands have been in contact, when and how many times. In the case of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, companies can use this data for tracing which workers might need testing and quarantine.
This is complementary to the efforts just announced by Apple and Google to use Bluetooth technology to securely and privately identify interactions between phones. Proxxi CTO Richard Sim said “We are committed to helping slow the spread of COVID-19, while ensuring the privacy of workers. We designed Halo so that no personally identifiable information is shared with Proxxi, but still providing the tools for organizations to do contact tracing internally and to interoperate with Apple and Google’s new contact tracing technology.”