GM Develops and Shares New Workplace Safety Technology

Software solutions for workplace thermal scanning, contact tracing and touchless printing available to the public to help boost workplace safety in the COVID-19 era

General Motors(GM) has developed new technology to aid workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the company is sharing its innovations with the world for potential use in job sites as diverse as manufacturing plants, offices or even schools. The new technologies include an automated kiosk for temperature scanning, software for contact tracing and a mobile app for touchless printing.

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While developed to aid the company’s workplace protocols, GM has made these tools available to the public for potential use in any workplace, school or facility.

“We developed an extensive playbook for a safe return to work for our employees, and we’re seeing very good success,” said Dr. Jeffery Hess, GM medical director. “As we implemented the protocols, GM software developers started to work on how technology could make the process smoother and more precise.”

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GM’s in-house software developers innovated solutions aimed at helping employees return to work with more confidence, streamlining and improving workplace safety protocols.

“We had to respond quickly to the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic created for our workforce,” said Randy Mott, GM executive vice president and chief information officer. “Our teams collaborated online with experts around the world to quickly innovate and support the safe return of our employees to the workplace. We know many of these challenges affect others globally. We felt it important to share our innovation so other companies, organizations and institutions could benefit from our experience.”

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