Real Time Distancing Management Becomes Essential as Companies Reopen after Lockdown
Some Industries are resuming their operations after long term lockdown forced by government to prevent the spread of virus that causes COVID-19. After restarting the operations, it has been seen that companies’ managements are facing new challenges regarding their employees’ safety. As COVID-19 crisis is setting “new normal” workflows, it has become crucial for company’s management to consider additional dimensions of employee safety that includes the establishment of production environments and workflows addressing physical distancing requirements.
Few days ago, Infosys launched a ‘Return to Workplace’ solutions to help companies to ensure safety and wellness of their employees, working amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Return to Workplace” consists cloud and edge-based solutions and has a framework that enables enterprises to implement Elevated Body Temperature (EBT) screening, Contact Tracing, Mask Compliance/Social Distancing Compliance, COVID-19 Chatbot, Contactless biometrics, Occupancy and workspace analytics. Infosys claimed that these solutions adhere to data privacy standards and practices with FDA, ISO, FCC, and IEC compliance.
During its launch, Nitesh Bansal, SVP and Head- Engineering Services, Infosys stated, “The future of work will demand innovative solutions that enterprises can deploy rapidly, and at scale to ensure safety of their workforce while at the same time nurture collaboration and productivity… We are implementing some of these solutions, starting with EBT checks, across five million sq. ft. of our own office spaces as we prepare for 20,000 Infosys employees to return to their workplaces in a phased manner. We are confident that these solutions will reassure enterprises and employees that their workplaces are safe, collaborative, yet non-intrusive.”
Manufacturing and constructions are industries where workers interact frequently. Considering the need of an hour which is social distancing, many companies are designing and producing hardware or software-based solutions to help construction and manufacturing companies. These solutions enable manufacturers to quickly and efficiently model the interaction activities of employees, the production line and plant design. It enables manufacturers to build an end-to-end digital twin to simulate worker safety, optimize workspace layouts and helps the management to validate safety and efficiency measures to help future-proof production lines.
For instance, Siemens claims that by using its SIMATIC Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS), companies are able to continuously measure distances between workers and provide real time visual feedback to employees regarding their spacing from others. It also creates a log of all interactions and movements over time.
“We are helping our customers create a safe work environment, which is extremely important as they look to produce efficiently and reliably under unprecedented circumstances,” stated Tony Hemmelgarn, President and CEO of Siemens Digital Industries Software. “The combination of real time distancing management and digital simulations will help companies maintain safe work environments today and make educated decisions about ongoing and long-term optimization.”
Based on the observed outcomes of these solutions, analysts confirm that powerful and rapidly deployable solutions are helping manufacturers to take control of their operations. Also, these solutions are fulfilling the needs regarding the safety measures without hampering the productivity and cost outcomes.
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