Return-to-work solution combines IoT smart lighting, indoor location

July 15, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Return-to-work solution combines IoT smart lighting, indoor location
Energy management and smart lighting company GE Current and indoor location technology startup Pointr have announced a partnership to enable location-based services in large buildings such as retail premises, warehouses, workplaces, and distribution centers.

In the partnership, Pointr’s indoor location solution communicates with smart devices using intelligent lights by Current and Bluetooth Low Energy. The solution features contact tracing, disinfectant lighting, safe wayfinding, occupancy, and congestion management.

The joint solution, say the companies, can ensure that companies can reopen buildings safely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide reassurance to workers as they get back to work.

"Now more than ever, technology can help businesses deliver an optimal working environment for workers," said Ed Davis, Director, Corporate Development & Alliances at Current. "With smart lighting combined with location-based services, businesses get efficient return to work solutions that are easy to implement and highly scalable across multiple platforms."

Trevayne O’Brien, Head of Partnerships at Pointr says, "We are excited to collaborate with Current to give employers the tools to reopen their workplace safely. With contact tracing, disinfection lighting and insights on occupancy and congestion, employees are reassured that their employer takes their health seriously and can react quickly."

Key benefits of the solution, say the companies, include the following:

  • Hyper-accurate indoor positioning: Accurate indoor positioning is crucial to enable location-based services such as indoor wayfinding, location sharing, and asset tracking. Pointr’s Deep Location technology uses machine-learning techniques to ensure 1-meter location accuracy, even in complex buildings.
  • Disinfectant lighting: Clinically proven disinfectant lighting is the ideal germicidal UV solution for any occupied space. Current’s technology has the ability to significantly reduce common pathogens while being safe for human exposure.
  • Contact tracing: With the WorkSafe contact tracing app and dashboard, employers can quickly identify exposed employees for testing, potentially limiting widespread facility closures.
  • Occupancy and congestion management: Building managers can monitor visitor flows, bottlenecks and density using occupancy and congestion analytics. By monitoring how many people are in specific zones of the buildings, employers ensure there is no overcrowding within the venue.

The solution is available on all platforms: iOS, Android, and any handheld device

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