Addison-Based Polte Creates Wearable Device to Help with Social Distancing

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Polte Proximity.

 If you’ve gone to the grocery store on a weekend day lately, you may have noticed that many people are ignoring social distancing guidelines. Crowding on the bread aisle, ignoring line directions, closing in on the registers. So, if its challenging to stay six feet apart at a huge store, imagine how hard it will be in your office once it re-opens! Addison-based Polte Corporation came up with a solution: Polte Proximity.

Polte Proximity delivers secure social distancing and contact tracing to support organizations returning to work safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent company press release, it is a wearable device – it looks like a necklace! – that has no need for added infrastructure or application downloads to employee phones, as it leverages centralized management within Polte’s existing asset tracking platform, the Polte IoT Cloud, to uniquely enable rapid deployment and automate safety protocol compliance. Basically, it is a way for employers to make sure their employees stay healthy and safe.

“People are the most important assets of any organization,” said Polte CEO Ed Chao in the release. “We realized that Polte’s asset tracking solution was easily adapted to create a better, more secure way for organizations to allow their people to feel more confident about going back to work. We are excited to accelerate an organization’s ability to automate monitoring of new safety policies while empowering employees as part of the new normal in business operations.”

Polte Proximity is made up of a small, lightweight, rechargeable Mobile IoT device worn together with an employee’s existing ID badge or facility access card, the Polte IoT Cloud, and actionable analytics accessible from a standard web browser. The Polte Proximity device securely connects to ubiquitous 4G LTE and 5G cellular networks and cloud computing infrastructure to contact trace employees indoors, outdoors and between company facilities. Devices connect right out of the box – no need to install beacons or other infrastructure.

It’s completely easy to use and helps employees keep their distance – without stickers or hats made with pool noodles. For example, think about employees working in a large office. When they get too close together as they go about their daily tasks, real-time alerts are triggered that continue until an employee presses a button. Additionally, if an employee feels unsafe with how close someone is to them, they can utilize Polte Proximity’s self-reporting feature. An employee can press a button on the sensor to immediately and privately notify their employer of unsafe conditions in any area of a company facility, indoors or outdoors. Also, since Polte Proximity utilizes a low-cost dedicated device, the device can be left at the office or turned off when an employee goes home.

Through close cooperation and collaboration with customers and partners, Polte’s goal is to harness Mobile IoT and cloud computing technology to help companies slow the spread of COVID‑19 and automate monitoring of new safety protocol compliance.  Early adopters like Teltech Group, a nationally recognized logistics/supply chain services and asset management company, look forward to using Polte Proximity to quickly identify and remediate potential high-exposure areas in their warehouses.

“We’re excited for Polte Proximity to help protect our employees,” said Teltech Group President Mike Meagher in the release. “By providing proof of location of the events, we are enabled to enforce our social distancing policies and perform contact tracing if needed. This will direct us if it’s necessary to further spread apart workstations or stagger shifts, as well as incentivize social distancing without requiring additional management time and oversight on the floor.”

Polte has committed to donating half of the profits from Polte Proximity in 2020 to COVID-19 relief efforts. To learn more about Polte Proximity and how it works, please visit us at polte.com/proximity.

Polte, the innovator of Cloud Location over Cellular (C-LoC) technology, provides disruptive, low-cost indoor and outdoor IoT location solutions that empower enterprises with unprecedented, real-time visibility into all the things that matter. Leveraging global 4G and 5G cellular signals, Polte transforms what is possible with asset tracking by driving heightened accessibility and greater speed to ROI for supply chain, logistics, manufacturing, and a wide range of other sectors. For more information, visit them at www.polte.com.

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