More about your AlertTrace Equiptment
What is contact tracing?
Contact tracing is the process of identifying the chain of people someone with COVID-19 or any other illness has come in contact with since testing positive so they can be notified of their potential exposure and begin self isolation. The notified individuals should alert others whom they have been in contact with as well.
According to the Center for Disease Control, contact tracing “…involves identifying people who have an infectious disease (cases) and people who they came in contact with (contacts) and working with them to interrupt the disease spread.”
COVID-19 is an easily transmittable disease so organizations must do their part. It takes only one COVID-19 positive person to infect an entire group of people, so implementing contact tracing within your organization is highly beneficial in keeping people safe and keeping your operations up and running.
How does contact tracing work?
- Someone within your organization tests positive for COVID-19 or any other easily transmittable illness.
- You then ask the infected person who they’ve come into contact with in the past few days.
- Anyone the infected person has come into contact with during the 48 hours before symptoms appearing must be notified.
- Those people can then self-quarantine and get tested.
What does AlertTrace do?
- Monitors the number and duration of contacts between personnel using real-time measurements.
- Absolutely zero Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is required.
- Data is anonymized, so there is no way to identify users from the raw data alone.
- All data is completely secure and protected with end-to-end encryption.
- Wearables tout a long battery life of up to 6 months.
- Quickly identify bad actors and high risk behavior.
- Wearables do not encroach on the private property of employees and are issued out much like ID badges.
- Data is seamlessly uploaded so the daily work routine is not interrupted.
- The device form factor makes for easy adoption into a multitude of industries.
- Social distancing and contact tracing managed safely, securely, and responsibly.
- Real-time alerts warn users when they get close to another user and violate the social distancing protocol.
- Relies on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) meaning no opt-ins and no need to download anything.
- Weekly technology updates to ensure constant improvements to the system
- Completely customizable technology that can be configured for virtually any space or requirement.
How does AlertTrace work?
At slightly larger than a U.S. quarter, AlertTrace is a low energy Bluetooth device worn by your workforce. AlertTrace captures when it is within a specified range of another AlertTrace device and registers it as a contact. AlertTrace captures the contact with full data security and protection of personal privacy.
If an employee tests positive for a communicable infection, you will be able to quickly identify an employee’s historical anonymized contacts on our analytics platform to safeguard your workforce, all while protecting employee confidentiality.
Think of it as an employee ID badge that knows when it’s near other ID badges.
The wearable “Minis” in the AlertTrace system – the small devices worn on a wrist or on a lanyard or ID badge – contain only a few components: a small microprocessor “chip”, a small battery and a tiny “Bluetooth” radio along with standard electronic components (resistors, etc.). These components are all exceedingly safe.
The battery is the same “coin-cell” battery used in watches today. It generates only a tiny amount of power, and cannot in any way (other than being swallowed) harm anyone. The small microprocessor “chip” is equally harmless. Again, a modern simple watch has a small microprocessor, as does any electronic device. But the microprocessor in the AlertTrace Minis are especially small and low-low-power (hence the coin-cell watch battery to power it).
The Bluetooth radio on the Minis is the size of a match head. Some health and safety interest groups have interpreted certain reports to suggest that wireless device use may be linked to cancer and other illnesses. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), there is currently “no scientific evidence which establishes a causal link between wireless device use and cancer or other illnesses”. But the important factor when comparing the AlertTrace system is that AlertTrace Minis have NO cellular radio component, and no GPS component. They only have the match-head size Bluetooth radio. And Bluetooth radios generate only a tiny fraction of the radio power that cell-phones generate. The FCC limit for public exposure of RF from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg) of body weight. The AlertTrace Bluetooth radio is magnitudes below this limit, generating less than one-one hundred thousandths of the RF energy of a cell-phone.