European ports start new ‘e-brace’ test for post-corona 5-feet economy

The European ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam are starting an experiment with a digital bracelet (or an e-brace) that gives a warning signal if the wearer comes too close to a colleague. The device does not forward location data or other sensitive data from the employee, but does store contact information. With the smart bracelet, the port company hopes to prevent corona infections in the workplace.

The port authority is already working with a digital safety bracelet from a technology company that warns workers about dangerous situations. That device has been tested since last year and is now extended with new functions to comply with the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline to keep 5 feet away

In addition, the bracelet stores who the wearer has been around. If someone turns out to be infected, a prevention adviser can check which colleagues he or she has been in contact with. They will then be notified.

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