Although global crises are not new to humanity, never before has the modern world been equipped with the technologies we have today to fight a global pandemic. At a time where many of us are able to work from home, seamlessly communicate with others around the world, and have access to information on a constant basis, arguably now is a time where we can realize the true potential technology and innovation have in keeping the world equipped to fight off global disruptors such as COVID-19.
Many businesses and inventors realize this. According to Market Intelligence Data, the COVID-19 safety and prevention market is expected to grow by 7.2 percent in the next five years, especially as case numbers rise and fluctuate, and the demand for safety products and related technology increases. But what does this technology look like? The technology used to fight COVID-19 ranges from support services like IT services, to transitional tech that serves as something in-lieu of face to face contact, like e-learning, and from COVID-19 prevention, such as enhanced PPE (personal protective equipment), and temperature screening devices. In the fight against COVID-19, all types of technology are crucial to making sure everyone stays safe.
However, COVID-19 technology, by itself, is not enough to curb the spread of the virus. To truly keep this virus under control requires major collaboration between technology providers, businesses and industries, and government. Technology companies have to pivot and introduce new technologies to help with the new normal; businesses and industries need to put the right processes and strategies in place to create safe environments for employees, and governments are relied upon to implement the right health guidelines for businesses to follow such as mask-wearing and social distancing to ensure lives can be saved while we navigate this pandemic.
Workplaces are being forced to reconfigure physical spaces and find ways to optimize virtual work. According to JLL’s “Reentry - A guide for working in the next normal guide”, leveraging technology to find gaps in workplace safety layouts is crucial in reopening workplaces while balancing financial, health, and safety implications. New tech that can provide space utilization and space optimization data can be useful for social distancing and physical workplace optimization, while remote monitoring features and sensors can be useful for crowd traffic control.
Beyond optimization and base-line technology, finding long-lasting and efficient tech is important in creating financially viable solutions moving forward. Technology that is quickly becoming outdated, such as handheld temperature guns, while useful as a short-term strategy for workplace reopening, will soon be outpaced by remote and non-invasive temperature screening monitors, whereas expensive solutions like social distancing bracelets or on-site nurses for health screenings can be exhaustive in the long run. Tech innovation and invention is needed to keep the risk of COVID-19 transmission low and employee comfort and trust high and needs to be invested in by businesses as we transition to a post-pandemic world.
Pivoting businesses and industry smart reopening
It’s up to businesses and industries to use the technology available in conjunction with government mandates and regulations to enable a safe return to work. But what’s expected of the new workplace?
Strategies encompass one half of the safe reopening. From staggered schedules and work from home arrangements to employee self-reports and prepared re-closing protocols, planning starts from the management level as a foundational basis for safety. Beyond that, technology is needed to fully elevate the safety of employees and gain their comfort and trust during this time and beyond.
Non-invasive, automated, and unmanned technology used such as temperature screening, remote people counting and crowd monitoring, mask detection, and social distancing measurement all have their place in a post-pandemic workplace and an automated COVID-19 screening process. EAIGLE’s AI solution, which encompasses all features, has been proven to reduce overall labor used by 75 percent, totally eliminate the interactions between people and significantly reduce the time spent per scan, helping to optimize operations, cut down on costs, and help keep people safe.
EAIGLE has pivoted from cleantech and proptech solutions to COVID-19 prevention and mitigation since the beginning of the pandemic to help society and businesses return to normal. Serving the real estate, retail, public administration and government, manufacturing and warehousing, and pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, EAIGLE has been a crucial part of the successful reopening plan that many organizations have adopted.
Government mandates and support
At the backbone of this all is government support and regulation. Without proper government messaging and laws, cases can be allowed to rise with hospitals, workers, and families facing the consequences. Governments are being relied upon to not only pass and enforce proper preventative laws but to invest in working solutions that can enhance the state of the art of COVID-19 innovative tech and put these solutions in place in public settings.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the world we have known and is forcing us all to prepare for a new normal. Although the future is uncertain, what we can rely on is innovative tech to coordinate long-term prevention strategies and keep workplaces running and the public as safe as possible. It’s up to us to fully utilize this tech, keep innovating as we move forward, and push for governments and businesses to enhance their operations to the best of their abilities. Soon, these unprecedented times will translate into workplace precedents, and we’ll all be on the lookout for those who have started to prepare for the new normal.
Vanesse Balintec, Content Creator at EAIGLE
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