Rigado’s wireless edge technologies and secure large-scale networks power more than 6 million connected devices for 300+ global customers. Recently, I had an opportunity to hear from Steve Gorretta, Rigado’s senior director of product, about how Rigado is using its latest Bluetooth® enabled sensors to help businesses ensure compliance with local reopening strategies and regulations.
“Bluetooth® sensors, like the ones Rigado provides in our Safe Workplaces solution, are becoming very popular due to their ease of installation and cost. For monitoring space occupancy, employee and asset location, and providing simple digital signage, Bluetooth technology is by far the easiest to implement.”
– Steve Gorretta, Rigado
Q&A with Steve Gorretta
Can you help explain/outline the challenges that large venues such as offices, conference centers, and retail stores must face and address in order to safely reopen in a post-COVID-19 world?
There are two main areas of focus we consistently see: keeping an accurate count of the number of people present for a given space based on its size, format, and max occupancy guidelines and ensuring the venue maintains rigorous cleanliness standards as people come and go.
What role will technology play in reopening large public venues and buildings?
Manually tracking the number of people in different sections of a large venue is not scalable for a broad reopening of venues and buildings. Additionally, monitoring when areas, such as changing rooms and restrooms, were last used and need attention while maintaining customer privacy is an opportunity for technology to play a role. Companies are often looking for solutions that are both fast to implement for return-to-work programs and flexible enough to extend over time.
Bluetooth® technology has always provided the benefit of low-cost, real-time, and reliable communication.
How will Bluetooth technology be used to support reopening initiatives?
Bluetooth® technology has always provided the benefit of low-cost, real-time, and reliable communication, which is what a lot of the reopening initiative use cases depend on. For situations where you want to automate counting, tracking, and alerting of a physical space, we see Bluetooth technology playing a central role.
Can you share the other ways in which Bluetooth technology can play a role in helping public venues and buildings reopen safely?
Bluetooth® sensors, like those Rigado provides in our Safe Workplaces solution, are becoming very popular due to their ease of installation and cost. For monitoring space occupancy, employee and asset location, and providing simple, digital signage, Bluetooth technology offers an easy-to-implement and robust solution. The sensors are battery operated, pre-integrated with cloud applications, and are a fraction of the cost of sophisticated camera systems and displays. This means that a building owner or operator can have a system set up in a few days that ensures they are compliant with their local reopening regulations.