Social Distancing Wrist Alert
Safedistance allows employees to keep track of social distancing while at work.
06:19 14 May 2020
Reactec has launched a social distancing solution to protect employees returning to work. The Edinburgh-based firm has repurposed a monitoring system to alert employees if they have broken the two-metre social distancing regulations.
Called Safedistance, the device uses Bluetooth technology to monitor if workers get too close with each other. If they do, the monitor vibrates to alert them that social distancing rules have been broken.
Reactec chief executive Jacqui McLaughlin said: "Social distancing will clearly be with us for some time and it's vital that when people get back to work they can do so safely.
"Our team has moved quickly to repurpose our technology to help businesses to ensure that their teams are working safely.
"Reactec is already dedicated to helping reduce the damage to workers' health from exposure to vibration so developing our technology to include social distancing was a logical step in response to Covid-19.
"We want to play our part in getting everyone back to work safely and with confidence."
Trade, investment and innovation minister Ivan McKee expressed support to the scheme. He said: "Technology is going to play a crucial role in helping us overcome the long-term challenges presented by Covid-19 so it is great to see innovative, dynamic companies repurposing existing technology to help up protect workers from potential exposure in the future."