The SaferMe contact tracing card is worn by employees on a lanyard or clip on the shirt, just as current building access cards are worn
SaferMe, the business-focused contact tracing provider that has been funded and adopted by the New Zealand government, has announced that its new portable contact tracing solution – including a contact tracing card the size of a credit card – is now available in the United States for sale to merchants. customers, after initial successful trials with medium and large companies as well as schools and universities.
Originally hired to provide its contact tracing solution to New Zealand businesses, the company now has a growing portfolio of US customers, including Parsley Energy, Walter P Moore and Walla Walla University.
Clint Van Marrewijk, CEO of SaferMe, said: “Our standard contact tracing application automatically connects when people are in contact via a technology called Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). This data is used to produce a simple contact tracing chart, which allows a company to quickly protect its employees when positive cases of the virus, like the one that causes COVID-19, occurs. “
The SaferMe contact tracing card is worn by employees on a lanyard or clip on the shirt, just as current building access cards are worn. The card is a Bluetooth transmitting device the size of a credit card and weighing only 18 g. Cards are purchased by companies in batches of 250 or more.
As an employee goes about their business, the card registers each time the cardholder approaches another cardholder and records this information on the card. Once a day, or whenever a business wants, the cardholder can press a card button at a sync station or next to a phone. This uploads contact logs to SaferMe’s contact tables, and HR managers in a company can access these tables in the event that a contact trace is required.
“Where a portable contact tracing solution really shines is when employees may not have smartphones, or when using a phone may not be appropriate, such as in a fabrication shop, warehouse. or a clean environment, ”said Van Marrewijk. “We now have a solution designed specifically for these situations. “
SaferMe received funding earlier this year from the New Zealand Ministry of Innovation and Employment (MBIE COVID-19 Innovation Fund) to develop business-specific contact tracing for New Zealand companies, and s’ is associated with the New Zealand Ministry of Health.