Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Polte uses IoT to enable social distancing

Steve Rogerson
June 3, 2020



Texas-based cloud location company Polte is using IoT technology to enable social distancing and contact tracing to help organisations return to work safely amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
With no need for added infrastructure or application downloads to employee phones, Polte Proximity leverages centralised management within Polte’s existing asset-tracking platform, the Polte IoT Cloud, to enable rapid deployment and automate safety protocol compliance.
 
“People are the most important assets of any organisation,” said Polte CEO Ed Chao. “We realised that Polte’s asset tracking was easily adapted to create a better, more secure way for organisations to allow their people to feel more confident about going back to work. We are excited to accelerate an organisation’s ability to automate monitoring of new safety policies while empowering employees as part of the new normal in business operations.”
 
Polte Proximity is comprised of a small, lightweight, rechargeable mobile IoT device worn with an employee’s existing ID badge or facility access card, the Polte IoT Cloud, and actionable analytics accessible from a standard web browser.
 
The device securely connects to 4G LTE and 5G cellular networks and cloud computing infrastructure to contact trace employees indoors, outdoors and between company facilities. Devices connect right out of the box; there is no need to install beacons or other infrastructure.
 
Polte Proximity empowers employees while at work through social distancing alerts and a self-reporting feature. An employee can press a button on the mobile IoT sensor to notify immediately and privately the employer about unsafe conditions in any area of a company facility, indoors or outdoors. Also, since Polte Proximity uses a low-cost dedicated device, the device can be left at the office or turned off when an employee goes home.
 
Through close cooperation and collaboration with customers and partners, Polte’s goal is to harness mobile IoT and cloud computing technology to help companies slow the spread of Covid-19 and automate monitoring of safety protocol compliance. Early adopters such as Teltech Group, a supply chain services and asset management company, will use Polte Proximity to identify quickly and remediate potential high-exposure areas in their warehouses.
 
“We’re excited for Polte Proximity to help protect our employees,” said Teltech Group president Mike Meagher. “By providing proof of location of the events, we are enabled to enforce our social distancing policies and perform contact tracing if needed. This will direct us if it’s necessary to further spread apart workstations or stagger shifts, as well as incentivise social distancing without requiring additional management time and oversight on the floor.”
 
Polte has committed to donating half the profits from Polte Proximity in 2020 to Covid-19 relief efforts.