DIGITAL CONTACT AND FACILITY TRACING SOLUTION

As employers look at reopening their businesses during the COVID19 pandemic, one of their primary goals is to maintain a safe and secure workplace for their employees with minimal disruption to business operations. Everyone wants to reopen businesses and get the economy back up and running, but people want to do this safely and securely. Understanding if one has been exposed to the virus is one of the critical elements required for a safe return to work.

Loud-Hailer is offering a digital contact and facility tracing solution that not only meets employers’ needs but also balances the privacy and health concerns of employees, contractors, customers, and guests. Our solution enables businesses and facilities to confidently resume operations by providing employees and visitors alike with the peace of mind that they need in order to comfortably be in physical proximity to other people; collecting only the information that is necessary and maintaining individual privacy.

Any employer or facility manager can immediately implement Loud-Hailer’s contact and facility tracing solution by using Loud-Hailer’s existing BUKI TM app. Our app is a proven technology, originally designed to enhance consumer experiences, that is already being used in convention centers, transportation hubs, and city centers in both the US and India. Alternatively, the BUKI app’s underlying technology is also available for license to third-party developers through SDKs and APIs.

CURRENT CONTACT TRACING OPTIONS

Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who may have come into contact with a COVID+ person. The purpose is to notify those contacts, so they can take appropriate action and notify their contacts.

There are generally FOUR ways to conduct contact tracing:

1. MANUALLY:  Ask people to remember where they’ve been for the previous 14 days and with whom they may have come into contact. Then a tracer working with the public health authority writes down those contacts and tries to reach out to all the individuals.
CHALLENGES: PEOPLE’S MEMORIES ARE NOT PERFECT • LACK OF INFORMATION ON POTENTIAL EXPOSED CONTACTS • IT IS SLOW AND COSTLY • CONTACT TRACING ALSO SUBJECT TO SCAMS

2. CAMERA SURVEILLANCE: Install cameras throughout the facility and through a combination of facial recognition and computer vision, digitally capture every person’s movement to create a digital record of every person’s action and people’s interactions with each other.
CHALLENGES: NO CONSENT • MANDATORY OPT-IN • KNOWN BIASES WITH NON-CAUCASIAN FACIAL FEATURES • INVASION OF PRIVACY • ENHANCED LEGAL LIABILITY WITH STORING BIOMETRICS • POTENTIAL USE BY LAW ENFORCEMENT

3. LOCATION TRACKING: Track people by matching their time-stamped location data using GPS or beacons, not actual proximity.
CHALLENGES: USERS MUST DOWNLOAD AN APP • ACCURACY ISSUES DUE TO LACK OF VERTICAL AWARENESS • CAPTURING UNNECESSARY DATA • HIGH DATA USAGE AND DRAINS BATTERY LIFE ON DEVICES • POOR USER EXPERIENCE

4. ACTUAL PROXIMITY BASED ON SMARTPHONES: Automatically record interactions when people are physically near each other, no need to rely on memory, no need to ask for everyone’s contact details. Faster to gather information and to swing into action. The speed at which one can react is a major component in slowing the spread of the infection. Privacy a positive.
CHALLENGES: USERS MUST DOWNLOAD AN APP • KEEP BLUETOOTH ON