In times of increasing coronavirus cases, the technology group Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, is well-equipped with an innovative technology to minimize the risk of infection for employees, customers and business partners.
During the past few months, Oerlikon has successfully tested the sensor-based SafeZone technology from the start-up company Kinexon, Munich/Germany, as a pilot project at some of its Swiss and German sites, and is now introducing the system at locations worldwide. With SafeZone technology, the distance between individuals is measured with centimeter accuracy. At Oerlikon's locations with the technology installed, employees can choose to either wear the sensor on the wrist or carry it around in a sensor holder. If the predefined minimum distance between 2 sensors, for example 1.5 m, is breached, audio-visual warning signals are activated. Wearing a SafeZone sensor also enables the precise tracking of contact chains in the event of an infection, By the end of the year, 8,000 distance-warning devices will be in operation at more than 100 locations in 20 countries in Europe and the USA.