Robert Constantini: We you use the technology to signal a site-wide evacuation. The wearable itself will notify the worker as well as beacons around the site, which dramatically reduces evacuation times by over 70%. We also monitor equipment utilization and other hazards on site. There’s no price you can put on the potential to avoid serious injuries.
There’s a really powerful analytics component to this. The technology allows you to gather accurate automated data to create huge data lakes for big data analytics and providing incredible insights. This is where it gets powerful with the ROI perspective – benchmarking, behavioral analytics, or proactive behavior modification of workers, and fine-controlled contact tracing.
All this has to be done with an eye on worker privacy. We don’t collect data when the workers are off the job site. We don’t use technology like GPS that continually tracks the worker. The associations of the data and the worker can be kept in separate systems and only brought together when needed. In our contact tracing solution, workers can be anonymized until there’s an established case for infection. You can decide who needs to be quarantined.
Sramana Mitra: Let’s take that contact tracing use case further. If a worker identifies as having COVID, your GPS can track everybody close to that person.
Robert Constantini: Yes. Just to be clear, we don’t use GPS. Our proprietary communications protocol that’s embedded in our technology records all close interactions. You may not know about an infection till weeks have passed. To go back and be able to trace where workers have been and doing this at scale is challenging.
Our proximity trace device was a tool that was developed for clients to stay operational precisely around CDC guidelines where it was essential to meet social distancing guidelines. Just think about the enormity of doing it traditionally with schedules and memory. It’s virtually impossible. We’ve used this product extremely successfully. We helped organizations with their strategies to maintain safe operations on well over 275 worksites over the last year. It’s really an important element in the technology in that it provides real-time alerting.
We have collected 20 million close-contact interactions over the past year. We know that without that tool, there would have been many more workers closely interacting with others. The device actually alerts you that you’re too close. Workers can focus on their work. They don’t need to worry about keeping track of whether they are in close proximity to another worker. There are times where you can’t avoid it like construction sites.
In the meantime, every time you’re within those close distances, the device is recording that interaction not only in terms of frequency but also duration. We transmit that back to cloud pods that are stationed at egresses and entrances just for the device to download the data up to the cloud to a cloud-based dashboard. We didn’t make it complicated. We didn’t put a lot of bells and whistles on it.
Once you wear this device, worker behavior changes dramatically. We’ve seen dramatic reductions in the number of interactions that workers have even in the first two weeks. We also see the duration dropping. That’s been one of the really interesting things that we’ve done this year.