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The new COVID bracelet focuses primarily on social distancing. If employees come too close together, they will receive a warning signal.

GETTING BACK TO WORK: Port of Antwerp fighting virus with smart bracelet

PortandTerminal.com, April 20, 2020

Kudos to Rombit and the Port of Antwerp. It is innovations such as these that are required to get the world back to work as quickly and as safely as possible.

ANTWERP, BELGIUM – The Port of Antwerp and Belgian technology company Rombit are joining forces to prevent COVID infections in the workplace.

Rombit has developed the Romware COVID Radius, a digital bracelet to guarantee social distancing and contact tracing. The Port of Antwerp is the first to work with the innovative bracelet.

The new COVID bracelet focuses primarily on social distancing. If employees come too close together, they will receive a warning signal. Privacy is paramount here: the COVID Wearable never transmits location or other sensitive data from the employee.

The bracelet also allows contact tracing: if someone is infected, a prevention advisor or authorized confidential advisor can check which colleagues he or she has been in contact with to prevent more infections.

“Innovation and digitisation are crucial in times of crisis such as these. It is essential to keep the port operational and to ensure that our employees can work safely. We, therefore, see great potential in this solution and will shortly start trials with a team of operatives,”

Port of Antwerp CEO Jacques Vandermeiren

Rombit CEO John Baekelmans said that the company was investing huge efforts to get the modified bracelet onto the mass market in large quantities in response to great international interest.

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