08 Sep New technology launched to keep local government employees Covid-19-secure
With businesses under mounting pressure to demonstrate how they are making their workplaces socially-distanced and Covid-19-secure, technology startup Hack Partners has developed Mind The Gap social-distancing app. After a successful pilot with Britain’s railway infrastructure owner Network Rail, the app is ready for industry-wide deployment.
Mind The Gap uses inaudible ultra high frequency sounds and Bluetooth to calculate the distance between mobile phones. The technology does not require an active internet connection, making it ideal for use in various environments, outdoors and indoors. It also has the option to customise the distance that triggers the alert so it can be adapted for any change in government guidelines.
Built with user-privacy in mind, Mind The Gap has no user-tracking in place: no sensitive data is collected, stored or shared. This means employers will not have the capability to monitor employees’ movement either past or present.
Haydon Bartlett-Tasker, COO of Hack Partners states:
“We developed Mind The Gap initially to help railway staff maintain social distancing whilst at work. We quickly identified it could be opened up to other industries which – like the rail sector – face difficult challenges in safeguarding their employees that work across a variety of environments. With the economy reopening, businesses are under immense pressure to trade safely in this ‘new normal’. Having trialled this tool with Network Rail we are confident that we can help businesses overcome the challenge of keeping employees socially distanced.
Mind The Gap is available to businesses of all sizes to sign up for starting today. More information can be found on: www.mindthegap.today.