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Making sense of IoT in the COVID-19 pandemic world

Internet of Things (IOT) has emerged as a game-changer in a world limping back to work. Innovative IoT solutions show us the way in managing Social Distancing and contact tracing, thereby transforming our approach to work itself. It is estimated that the impact of IoT will be felt across verticals, regions, and segments, and it will continue to grow meteorically—this, despite several industries have scaled down operations to less than 25%.

According to reports, the demand for IoT devices is rising that there will be an estimated 31 million devices by the end of this year. The following factors are driving IoT in the post-pandemic world:

  • Companies are encouraging the work from home model and looking for ways to monitor the staff
  • With the easing of restrictions, quarantine monitoring, social distancing and contact tracing have become unmanageable
  • Rigorous app-based tracking has been successful in containing the spread in several Asia-Pacific countries; however, network and connectivity continues to be a major issue in ensuring the success of app deployments in various regions
  • Issues relating to privacy and security of app data continue to cause concerns

GPS trackers in mobile phones notify authorities about individual’s locations; however, they do not track an individual’s relative positions. For instance, a person standing too close to a co-worker or maintaining a distance of less than 1 meter in the workplace.Dealing with these kinds of workplace situations requires the use of IoT solutions.

Such solutions involve wearable IoT devices that use Bluetooth to with high precision, issue an alarm or signal when there is a distance breach, and store time-stamped information on footprints.

How does it work?

The wearables may invariably be in the form of tags, clips or devices that can be switched on or off when entering or leaving the workplace. Using smart algorithms based on Bluetooth signals, the perimeter zones are calculated and the personnel’s exposure is measured. The data is stored on local or cloud servers, enabling the organization to generate real-time reports on workers’ interactions, location information, and paths. The servers are secured and compliant to privacy standards, enabling the generation of completely anonymous reports that use smart identification numbers rather than personal information. Admin users can flag off tagged persons who violate or are repetitively violate Distancing rules.

The information, which is anonymized, can be used to identify early infection chains by tracing an individual’s movements. It will also assist in implementing a better sanitation response and identifying risk-free workflows. However, the framing of acceptable use policies for the data is still in the early stage. Despite fears over data privacy, a large number of businesses, schools and colleges, and manufacturing plants find the wearable tech indispensable in these menacing times. Medical and healthcare organizations have already been using IoT for patient care management for quite some years now. IoT-enabled systems helpthem to monitor and track remote patients, matching quality services and intelligence to automated analytics and systems.

Worldwide, Iot Wearables are making huge inroads across communities and industries. Some national governments are using it to track travelers, people under home quarantine, infected individuals, etc. The objective of reducing person-to-person contact requires rapid and drastic measures, both at the governance and administrative level. Given the socializing nature of humans, social distancing may continue to remain a challenge to follow and implement. IoT wearables are emerging as the first line of defense that ensures the success of social distancing in public places and at workplaces.  With businesses considering IoT wearbles for their workforces, we may have already started winning the first battle in this war against Covid-19.

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