Quuppa, a long-standing member company of the Bluetooth® Special Interest Group (SIG), is committed to delivering open, accurate, and reliable location services solutions. Given the impact of COVID-19, and the need for technology that can reliably support contact-tracing efforts, Quuppa is one of many innovative Bluetooth SIG member companies developing solutions that will aid reopening efforts around the globe.
Recently, I had an opportunity to touch base with the co-founders of Quuppa partner i-Virtualize, John Buskermolen and Dan Simunic, and discuss advancements in Bluetooth® location services and how they can help support COVID-19 contact tracing, as well as additional positioning use cases.
Q&A with John Buskermolen and Dan Simunic
What are some of the challenges that large venues, such as offices, conference centers, and retail stores, must face and address to safely reopen post COVID-19?
A couple of the challenges any organization faces post COVID-19 are the enforcement of social distancing and, in the event of an outbreak, the ability to identify the employees that have come in contact with an infected individual.
What role will technology play in reopening large public venues and buildings?
“Quuppa’s use of Bluetooth® technology enables i-Virtualize to provide accurate, real-time location data on a tagged asset.”
– John Buskermolen and Dan Simunic, i-Virtualize
Technology will play an essential role in the return to normal. Businesses need to reopen, and employees and their families need to feel safe when returning to work. Imagine the amount of effort and resources required to try and enforce social distancing guidelines while maintaining records and reports of violations.
Fortunately, technology being used post-COVID-19 is continuously evolving. For example, we see it with the tags. They are continuously being improved and modified to satisfy the requirements of contact-tracing solutions.
When enforcing social distancing guidelines, it is important to have a contact-tracing system, like the one i-Virtualize and Quuppa offer to help businesses stay in operation and give employees some assurance that the employer is taking whatever measures they can to protect them while at work.
What can you tell us about your efforts to support reopening or contact tracing?
In addition to partnering with ThinkIN to deliver a contact-tracing system in North America, we’ve been able to provide valuable customer feedback on the software side. This input has led to feature additions and modifications on how data is reported, delivering the information customers need to support reopening.
Apart from contact tracing, Quuppa technology can accurately identify where an asset is at any given point in time. This valuable data can be used to produce heat maps or identify hot spots or areas of high traffic. After analyzing the data, decisions can be made to reduce the amount of traffic in these areas helping reduce the risk of spreading infection.
In addition, our solution is not a tag-to-tag alerting technology, but a real-time location system (RTLS) solution that has additional use cases outside of contact tracing. It can, therefore, provide additional data that can be used to drive other operational efficiencies, so it is not just a contact-tracing system but a technology in which the business will see an additional return on its investment.