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Safedome uses Bluetooth for Covid-19 contact tracing

  • June 16, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson

Contact Harald from Australian firm Safedome is an easy-to-deploy secure tracking system helping employers run normal operations as it quickly isolates the possible spread of Covid-19.

More organisations are turning to contact tracing to keep operations running without disruption. The challenge many companies face is the IT infrastructure and complexity involved.

Using Bluetooth tracing technology, Contact Harald is giving businesses a way to keep their employees and customers protected as all personnel wear one proximity tracking card. The Covid-19 card and contact-tracing platform combine to create a fast and effective stand-alone system that does not require the use of wifi, apps, phones, IT installation or charging.

Each individual is issued a registered contact card unique to them. They remain secure, containing no personal information. If an employee does test positive, or report symptoms of Covid-19, proximity data are uploaded from the card. All data remain encrypted and secure.

The Bluetooth-enabled technology within each card records when two or more people are close to each other, less than two metres for more than two minutes. If an employee tests positive for Covid-19, the contacts tracked in close proximity of that worker are immediately notified to get tested and remain isolated until the results come in.

Contact Harald was designed by the Australian-based Bluetooth tracking developer Safedome. During the pandemic, the engineering and design teams decided to put their technology to work. Safedome intends the system to be used across a range of industries to include healthcare professions, manufacturing, warehouses and educational institutions.

Contact Harald is built from the Bluetooth technology created by Safedome, which has been used for tracking devices around the world for over seven years.

“With further hotspots emerging across the country, the nature of this virus makes getting back to work rather complicated,” said Matt Denton, the former Apple designer behind the Contact Harald platform. “Designed with speed and accuracy at its heart, this unique platform can quickly identify, contact and isolate any potential sources of infection.”

He said that the “striking green” Contact Harald cards also offered a visual compliance cue that could help with staff morale and visitor confidence across all industry sectors.

Based in Australia with offices in Singapore and San Francisco, Safedome engineers and designers have been building millions of Bluetooth-enabled trackers globally for seven years. Harald gets its name from the ancient king of Denmark who was nicknamed Bluetooth.