Amid the race to ensure workplace safety following the COVID-19 pandemic, Ramco Systems has joined forces with U.S. based Navigine and Singapore-based Hipla Technologies in enabling technology solutions to monitor and measure safe-distancing, thereby facilitating contact tracing at workplace.

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While millions have adapted to working from home, there is a large percentage of essential workers needed on-site at factories, plants, offices, restaurants, e-commerce warehouses and facilities providing utilities and important services. Many organisations also see the need for office workers to return at least intermittently in split shifts while logging in remotely some of the time.

As an immediate response to the pandemic, Ramco Systems had augmented their existing facial recognition-based attendance, RamcoGEEK with thermal screening, to enable touchless experience. Sensing the urgent need for holistic contact tracing and safe distancing approaches to ensure workplace health and safety, Ramco Systems has partnered with two start-ups –- U.S. based start-up Navigine and Singapore-based Hipla Technologies to leverage Real-Time Location System (RTLS) and CCTV-based Artificial Intelligence to detect safe-distancing violations within the workplace, enabling necessary health and safety protocols aligned with organizational policies.

In partnership with Hipla, Ramco will leverage CCTV-based videos to detect safe-distancing violations crowd density controls and enable contact tracing. This is achieved by running advanced AI algorithms offered both on cloud as well as on premise models. In places where CCTV is not available, RamcoGEEK will draw upon the indoor navigation capabilities of Navigine through RTLS. The latter can pinpoint the exact location of the employee in real-time so as to map breaches of safe-distancing by location, time and persons contacted. This is possible by leveraging Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)-based access cards distributed to employees which constantly relays information to the wireless IoT Gateways across the workplace.

Further to any self-declaration by an employee being diagnosed with COVID-19, the solution can alert the human resource or health and safety officer of the history of breaches and identities of those who were in close proximity to facilitate contact tracing. This would help the organization to anonymously notify the co-workers to prompt immediate testing given the incidence of risk. This will also allow identification of contaminated workspaces within the workplace to be quarantined and disinfected.

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The RamcoGEEK platform integrates this information along with existing facial recognition-based attendance, thermal screening, mask detection, and context-aware pre-screening health survey data of an employee to provide a holistic view of organizational health and safety through real-time analytics and drill-down dashboards.

“Organisations around the world are struggling with solutions to ensure safety of essential workers and facilitate gradual return to workplace for others. Sustained remote working can inhibit productivity in the long run and impact economic growth across sectors. Beyond the temperature checks, sanitizers and physical distancing in seating infrastructure from a facilities management perspective, a new approach is needed to manage and monitor adherence to safe distancing protocols within the work premises and enabling contact tracing. Ramco’s partnership with Hipla Technologies and Navigine revolves around this holistic approach to ensure to bring workers back to their workplaces safely. We have to ensure the workplace is a trusted environment in terms of health and safety” said Virender Aggarwal, CEO, Ramco Systems.

Sandeep Kaul, CEO, Hipla Technologies Pte Ltd, said, “We are pleased to have partnered with Ramco and Navigine to provide a one-stop workplace safety solution for companies to ensure the safety of their employees and customers. Businesses should not have to suffer additional friction when conducting business during a pandemic.”

Alexey Panyov, CEO, Navigine, said, “This is a significant breakthrough for us, and a win for all businesses that cannot operate remotely. We believe that this innovative solution will provide the much-needed solution to restore employee confidence in coming back to the workplace safely.”

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