Wearable device helps employees keep their social distances

A social distancing and contact tracing device, PariRange can be used to support the health and safety of construction and manufacturing workforces and, in the event of infection, help control spread. The waterproof, 2.5- x 3.5- x 0.4-in. wearable collects and communicates data in a peer-to-peer fashion; easily extracts contact tracking data; and, immediately identifies potential employee exposure to infection.

The PariRange Log Reader yields data reflecting interactions between device-wearing employees.

The discrete PariRange device monitors the distance from other devices. Ultra-wideband and time of flight technology measure distance between devices with a rated accuracy of 4 inches. When an employee comes within 6 feet of another device, PariRange sends a vibration alert. Date and duration of close contacts are recorded whenever multiple devices come within the 6-ft. range. Each day, the duration of close contact a user’s device has with other PariRange units is aggregated and stored for 14-28 days. Data is easily viewed through a PariRange Log Reader, which can be connected to a Windows 10-compatible PC via USB, or placed throughout a facility to pull data from employee devices automatically as they pass by. Should illness occur, supervisors can identify employees who have had close contact with the infected individual. This allows businesses to take action quickly and follow recommended protocols to curtail infection spread.

“PariRange can help prevent outbreaks in facilities by quickly and accurately identifying close contacts. Those employees can then be tested and isolated,” says EmbedTek CEO Dan Aicher. “PariRange can also help in reinforcing social distancing in the workplace. We’re more than three months into this pandemic and social distance fatigue or complacency can creep into employee habits. PariRange will diligently provide people a reminder to maintain the proper distance and allow companies to monitor the overall adherence.” — EmbedTek LLC, Waukesha, Wis., 262/367-3900; www.parirange.com