To stop the spread of coronavirus, health officials have instructed the public to practice social distancing. For those deemed essential services, the concept of staying home and isolating is not an option. When there are job roles or functions where it is not feasible for a person to work from home, adopting safe distancing measures at the workplace becomes crucial.
Oftentimes these measures place us in unfamiliar situations such as keeping more than six feet between yourself and a co-worker, limiting the number of people in a room, or protecting yourself from an infected person when they are seeking treatment.
A real-time locating system (RTLS) using active radio frequency identification (RFID) can help manage these new requirements.
Restricting Contact Between Individuals
In theory, minimizing contact to prevent the spread of coronavirus should be easy. In practice, however, it isn’t natural to automatically distance ourselves from others.
If working with others is necessary, let technology help you keep your distance. The GuardRFID RTLS system is configurable to alarm when tagged individuals come within close proximity to each other.
By creating a virtual boundary around individuals, the system acknowledges when tag holders get too close and can send a notification to both individuals if the distance is breached. Based on your environment and the infrastructure installed this can activate within 8-to-15 feet.
Alternatively, systems with portal detection capabilities can be configured to alarm if a predetermined number of people cross the threshold. For example, based on the size of the lunchroom maybe you want to limit the capacity to two people, then the system will automatically alarm when a third person attempts to enter the area.
Monitoring Lone Workers in Real-Time
With non-essential businesses shutting down and essential businesses cutting onsite workers to enforce self-isolation, employers may find they need to monitor lone workers to ensure safety on the jobsite. An active RFID system provides real-time visibility of your people when no one else is around.
An Active RFID solution can give you and your employees assurance that they can communicate and call for help at a time of crisis and eliminate critical delays when that help is needed. GuardRFID’s wearable Active RFID tags have customizable buttons, programmable Man Down and panic alarm capabilities, and two-way communications to enable individuals to instantly summon help, be quickly located on a monitoring station floorplan and then receive acknowledgement that help is on the way.
Tracing the Contact Trail
While hospitals have many tools to fight the spread of contagious diseases, a patient is often admitted and received some treatment and testing before the communicable infection is identified. In this situation, staff and other patients who were exposed to the carrier may be at risk. Potentially, RTLS can help get us back to work safely.
If all patients, staff, equipment, and visitors are tagged using an active RFID RTLS system, the system captures their movement within the hospital from the time they are tagged to the time the tag is removed.
In the event a patient or member of staff is found to have a communicable disease, a report can be generated to show where the person has been for the last few days or even weeks, giving the organization the necessary information to minimize the spread of the disease. This information can also extend to the equipment used on the patient, preventing equipment from being shared as well as alerting maintenance teams that special care and cleaning needs to take place.
An Effective Solution for Protecting Your Employees
If you’re looking to protect staff during these uncertain times, then the GuardRFID RTLS system can help. Built on one standard platform, the system is scalable and configurable to transition between protecting a lone worker to an entire hospital.
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. Accuracy from room level to bed level is possible with its proximity detection capability.