COVID-19 quickly brought the reality of personal proximity to the top of everyone’s mind. A year ago, crowded terminals, stadiums, and retail stores were only a mild inconvenience. Now, for most people around the world, personal proximity has become a serious hurdle in day-to-day living.
As a result, many businesses and governments are relying on technology to help support safe daily navigation of the buildings and places we regularly visit. Fortunately, the Bluetooth® member community was quick to refocus their efforts, reimagining new uses for existing Bluetooth features to help ensure the health and safety of building staff and visitors.
“Bluetooth® technology is the best solution available today for contact tracing and other safe-return solutions. It is reliable, easy to deploy, data privacy friendly, and available on 100% of smartphones worldwide.”
– Ege Akpinar, CEO, Pointr
Bluetooth® enabled indoor navigation, for example, can be used to allows visitors to easily navigate large facilities like hospitals or office complexes without needing to interact with staff for assistance. Indoor Navigation applications can also be configured to enable one-way routing or to avoid unsafe or crowded zones.
According to Paul Dupont, VP of sales at Pointr, Bluetooth enabled indoor navigation applications can also help staff safely move around offices, orient themselves, and quickly access health and safety amenities such as temperature stations, hand sanitizers, and personal protective equipment (PPE). “The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way we think about a smart workplace,” said Dupont. “Using Bluetooth technology, Pointr is helping to safely bring back employees to workplaces while supporting the long-term vision of making buildings smarter.”
“Bluetooth® technology is the go-to choice for solutions aimed at facilitating the reopening of public venues for a number of reasons. Bluetooth technology’s unique combination of capabilities helps it to deliver a value proposition unmatched by any other medium — open standards, low energy, low cost, and very wide adaptation.”
– Rom Eizenberg, Kontakt.io