As the whole world strives to adapt to the new conditions in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, factors such as social distancing measures, the number of people in a given location, ambient temperature and air quality become vital for the health of communities. Sensor-based technological solutions developed to help fight the pandemic will monitor how social distancing is observed in public spaces and alert the violators instantly.
As the reported number of cases top five million globally, most of the world is easing into the next phase in the COVID-19 pandemic. Many countries where the disease is contained with fewer cases being reported are showing signs of normalization while continuing to impose face masks and social distancing measures to prevent a new wave. As the question of how social distance would be regularly measured in spaces such as factories, schools, hospitals, shopping malls, cafes and restaurants is debated, the answer comes from technology companies.
NetOP Technology, the company that develops solutions using IoT (Internet of Things) sensors in a variety of applications from tracking fuel consumption in London’s famous red buses to early warning systems for detecting forest fires in Canada, introduced new solutions to monitor social distancing. NetOP Technology develops sensor-based technologies and offers a range of products including desk/table occupancy sensors, body temperature sensors and air quality measuring sensors as well as sensors that measure how many people there are in an indoor location, social distance bracelets and smart distance alert sensors.
Alerts for people violating social distancing
As emphasized by the Ministry of Health, maintaining social distance is the most important rule to follow in the normalization phase and critical in terms of protecting public health and preventing a second wave of the disease. The social distance sensors are capable of measuring the distance between people in real time, especially in crowded spaces like grocery stores and farmers’ markets where social distance can be occasionally breached. When the sensors detect such breaches, the system sounds off and flashes alerts. Social distance bracelets also use these sensors to alert the users if they come too close to the other people in a common area.
Occupancy sensors for cafes and restaurants
Observing occupancy limits is as important a factor to consider as maintaining social distance in indoor spaces. This is where sensors come in and measure the number of active people in an indoor space to stop more people from entering these areas. Occupancy rates and social distancing are monitored in locations such as cafes and restaurants to give off alerts in case of breaches. The sensor technology is also available for customer-facing employees. The smart distance alert sensor regularly monitors the distance between employees and customers, and gives out an alert when a breach is detected.
Stay at Home measures monitored by IoT technology
Most of the COVID-19 patients display mild symptoms and are treated at home. The StayHome sensor is one such IoT solution that remotely monitors whether or not isolation rules are observed. These compact, water-resistant sensors, which are preferred for patients undergoing treatment as well as people in the risk groups, come with long battery life and a fixed strap. If the strap is cut and discarded, authorities are alerted.
Developed particularly for healthcare workers, people living alone, elderly people staying in nursing homes, public transportation drivers and other high risk groups, the body temperature sensor regularly measures and displays body temperature, which is a primary symptom of the novel coronavirus.
“We are proud to bring solutions to fight Covid-19 to the region”
NetOP Technology, a Netherlands-based company that exports IoT-based technologies to more than 50 countries, has now partnered with Detaysoft, the biggest SAP Partner with 100% Turkish capital, with the aim of spreading IoT solutions across Turkey and around the world.
Detaysoft General Manager and NetOP Technology Managing Partner Alkin Aksoy expressed their pride in offering solutions developed by Turkish engineers to the Turkish market to contribute to the fight against Covid-19: “The IoT solutions that we offer to stay safe and healthy are gaining prominence on the global agenda, considering that the entire world, including high contact areas such as shopping malls, schools, factories, hospitals, airports and workplaces are trying to adjust to a new normal. In addition to these solutions, our partnership with NetOP Technology also involves intelligent healthcare applications, which have become especially important amidst the Covid-19 pandemic in the recent months, Industry 4.0 transformations of businesses, developing and producing sensors for a variety of areas such as intelligent cities, intelligent airports, intelligent agriculture, intelligent logistics, and many others, and end-to-end, turnkey projects from management platforms to AI layers where data is analyzed. With our Ministry of Industry approved R&D Center and local technology solutions, TÜBİTAK projects and university collaborations, we remain focused on exporting software.”
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