Zebra Technologies introduces proximity sensing, alerting, and contact tracing software for the enterprise

Zebra Technologies has recently launched the Zebra MotionWorks Proximity that offers proximity sensing with user-level alerting and contact tracing to help employers protect their employees' health while in the work environment.

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Zebra Technologies Corporation, an innovator at the edge of the enterprise with solutions and partners that enable businesses to gain a performance edge launched Zebra MotionWorks® Proximity. The solution offers proximity sensing with user-level alerting and contact tracing to enable employers to help protect their employees’ health while in the work environment.

Governments around the world have issued guidelines requiring employers to develop and implement appropriate policies such as, but not limited to, social distancing, contact tracing, and disinfection. Zebra’s MotionWorks® Proximity solution meets the requirements outlined in the guidelines and the needs of many enterprises looking for a viable option to enhance their reopening strategies.

“The health and safety of our employees has been our utmost priority and Zebra stands firm in protecting our front-line workers and those returning to the offices,” said Fang-How, Lim, Regional Director for Southeast Asia, Zebra Technologies. “Various teams across our company came together to define, develop and deploy a proximity tracing, alerting, and contact tracing solution within one of our largest distribution facilities. It is currently available for our customers to deploy and protect their employees working in manufacturing and warehouse environments.”

Zebra’s solution provides proximity and contact tracing insights, dashboards and reports to employers as well as individual proximity alerts for the employees. The data is tied to an employee ID or anonymized user ID, allowing for actionable insights by the employer while allowing for the privacy of individuals, unlike other public contact tracing solutions. Accurate, automated contact tracing can help companies quickly identify exposed employees for testing, potentially limiting widespread facility closures.

Leveraging Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) and WiFi, the software solution is hosted in the cloud, implemented quickly and managed remotely by Zebra, eliminating on-site professional services. It doesn’t require new infrastructure and can be leveraged on existing supported Zebra Android devices or new devices available in different form factors and price points depending on customer requirements.

“Our solution utilizes front-line workers’ existing devices which helps in reducing additional capital costs and accelerates employee adoption,” said Lim. “With our depth of expertise and experience in ruggedized Android mobile computers, we are able to provide this solution with security and privacy embedded at the outset.”

Zebra is a leader in location solutions with a longstanding focus on enabling front-line workers across multiple industries and has extensive experience deploying the technologies that enable this proximity solution. Zebra Technologies was recognized earlier this year by Gartner Inc. as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Indoor Location Services, Global. Zebra also captures real-time, on-field location data, speed, and acceleration of every player that fuels the NFL’s Next Gen Stats.

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