Pozyx Develops Social Distancing Solutions Using Ultra-Wideband Technology

Pozyx, a pioneer in accurate positioning solutions using ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, is working on a solution that will make social distancing easier to manage for companies. The device will alert the employees when they are too close to each other. However, it will offer even more options when integrated with the Pozyx UWB infrastructure. This will allow companies to track the history of users, create maps for smart disinfection, and even prevent crowds and bottlenecks. The combination makes the Pozyx offer unique in the market and allows companies to improve health and safety on the work floor based on precision and flexibility.

Ghent-based technology company Pozyx started hardware and software development using UWB, ultra-wideband technology, in 2015. The UWB technology allows highly accurate positioning up to 10 cm, making it on average 10-50 times more accurate than Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Social distancing requires people to keep at least a 1.5 m distance between each other. That’s why neither Wi-Fi nor Bluetooth is precise enough to be used: the margin of error falls outside the range. This where UWB can come in: it positions people and things with decimeter accuracy.

To support social distancing, Pozyx decided to leverage its hardware, software, and analytics expertise to develop additional wearable solutions. A stand-alone version notifies users when they are too close to each other with a sound alert or a light. A version that integrates with the Pozyx UWB infrastructure offers an advanced system that tracks a user's history and provides fine-grained analytics. It allows companies to see a heatmap of employee activity and their specific contact record. Both solutions are specifically designed to get companies safely up and running in no time.

Samuel Van de Velde, Pozyx Founder & CEO, commented that their advanced solution is all about smart monitoring and prevention, which saves a company time and money by getting the right insights. For example, heatmaps allow a birds-eye view of busy areas and allow you to disinfect only spaces where employees have been active. It also allows you to spot bottlenecks where too many people may be too close together. Their solutions are designed as part of a system, which means they are sustainable in the long-term. As social distancing rules relax, Pozyx solutions can still be used in a variety of applications to accurately position people and things.

Pozyx is committed to making a difference in the collective effort against the coronavirus by putting its UWB expertise at the forefront. Its solutions are fully certified, have a proven track record, and are implemented by local and global companies. Medium enterprises and multinationals in 80 countries already rely on Pozyx technology today. Yves Ghys, CCO added that the coronavirus impacts companies worldwide, it enforces both managers and employees to work, act, and think differently. Their solutions allow companies to implement a social distancing strategy, based on existing robust and sustainable hardware, enriched with specifically designed wearables and combined with analytical insights.

Pozyx is currently running multiple pilots with a first prototype version. Pozyx has received several thousands of preorders and is expecting to ship the final product near the end of the summer.