Contact tracing is an important tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. When a person tests positive for COVID-19, he or she is asked to identify anyone that person had contact with so they can be informed they might be infected. Typically, this is a labor- and time-intensive manual process done by healthcare professionals.
The demand for contact tracing during this pandemic has exceeded the capacity for public health agencies to fulfill requirements. To address the limitations of traditional contact tracing, new digital methods are being explored and offered — even Google and Apple have announced a joint effort.
Businesses wanting contact tracing in their workplace need not wait for new developments. Technology that offers real-time location data of both people and assets is already widely deployed in many healthcare, industrial, and commercial organizations.
Now, due to current workplace conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are important reasons to use a real-time locating system (RTLS) for contact tracing.
- Better Data
Manually recorded data such as sign-in and sign-out sheets fail to provide a complete picture of an employee’s whereabout and interactions throughout the day. An RTLS provide accurate record of each individual.
- Faster Reporting
Gathering information should an outbreak occur can be as simple as logging into the system and downloading the report you need. This is true for historical data as well.
- Multiple Business Cases
Using an RTLS as opposed to a single-purpose app for contact tracing offers long-term benefits for your initial investment. Real-time location data provides actionable information to improve security, compliance, and efficiencies across the organization.
- Improved Employee Safety
An RTLS solution helps organizations take proactive measures against the spread of infectious disease by providing hands-free access control, controlling traffic flow, monitoring directional pathways, and setting and maintaining room thresholds.
- Peace of Mind
The first commercial RTLS were installed at healthcare facilities in the US in the early 1990s. During the past 30 years, the technology has been constantly changing and evolving with the implementation of new ideas and advanced technology. It is proven to improve cost-saving measures and increase efficiency in a range of enterprises and is deployed in some of the most stringent environments.
Why Choose the GuardRFID RTLS solution
If you’re looking to protect staff during these uncertain times, then the GuardRFID RTLS system can help.
Location accuracy is critical at a time like this and the GuardRFID system has both floor-level detection and an 8-to-15 feet location accuracy using the basic RTLS-based location system. Room-level accuracy is possible with its proximity detection capability.
Built on one standard platform, the system is scalable and configurable to transition between contact tracing to asset tracking and personnel safety. Without adding more infrastructure, the system is suitable for multiple existing and future business cases.
Due to GuardRFID’s reliability, robustness, and ease of use, the GuardRFID RTLS solution has been selected as the system of choice by many high-profile organizations.