Can you share more about a project that has been implemented, is currently underway, or is in plan that uses Bluetooth technology to help reopen public venues, offices, etc., due to COVID-19?
Rigado focuses on commercial real estate, such as smart buildings and office, retail, and logistics. Our Safe Workplace Monitoring solution builds upon solutions we already had in the market using our Bluetooth® gateways and sensor networks. When COVID-19 hit we had a lot of solution providers, facilities managers, and even property owners asking for a simple way to implement the use cases we’ve discussed here. In one such project, we’ve deployed our Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) occupancy sensors, alert buttons, and digital displays to enable a restroom cleaning and monitoring solution for a major U.S. real-estate provider that needed to outfit all of its floors in order for tenants to return to work.
Are there any existing location services implementations you can point to that help illustrate the potential of these safe-workspace and reopening solutions?
We provide a zone-based presence for safe workplaces, which essentially tracks an asset, such as an employee badge or cleaning cart, and reports the zone it was last seen in, typically within an area of a few hundred square feet. This helps the facilities manager check the list of places that have been serviced/clean in a given period of time.
What benefits will this bring to our ability to reopen public venues, offices, etc.?
This goes back to compliance with keeping the spaces cleaned to fight the COVID-19 transmission risk. It’s not practical to have somebody stationed at every restroom or changing room, but using Bluetooth® sensors, we can give facilities managers alerts and tools to make sure their staff is responding to demand.
Are there additional ways in which Bluetooth technology can support reopening?
There’s a lot of opportunity to utilize Bluetooth® technology with mobile apps that are being used by employees for reservations, scheduling, and reopening workflow. That’s something that comes up in most of our customers’ implementations – for example, being able to detect presence, verify occupancy, or locate an employee based on their mobile app beaconing. As Safe Workplaces intersects with the broader smart workplaces and buildings markets, we see this becoming a popular use case for solution providers.
For years, advancements in Bluetooth® technology have enhanced operations for large-scale environments, from office…