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Location-based services for large buildings

GE Current and Pointr have partnered to enable location-based services in large buildings to help ensure safe physical distancing


July 23, 2020
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CLEVELAND – GE Current, a Daintree company and Pointr have partnered to enable location-based services in large buildings such as retail premises, warehouses, workplaces and distribution centres. As buildings reopen after pandemic closures, the partnership delivers a safe return to work solution.

Current smart lighting combined with Pointr’s location-based services provide the ability to understand the precise location of employees and visitors using any Android or iOS devices, such as smartphones or Honeywell devices.

“Now more than ever, technology can help businesses deliver an optimal working environment for workers,” said Ed Davis, director, corporate development and alliances at Current.

“With smart lighting combined with location-based services, businesses get efficient return to work solutions that are easy to implement and highly scalable across multiple platforms.”

“We are excited to collaborate with Current to give employers the tools to reopen their workplace safely. With contact tracing, disinfection lighting and insights on occupancy and congestion, employees are reassured that their employer takes their health seriously and can react quickly”, added Trevayne O’Brien, head of partnerships at Pointr.

Key benefits include:

  • Hyper-accurate indoor positioning: Accurate indoor positioning is crucial to enable location-based services such as indoor wayfinding, location sharing and asset tracking. Pointr’s Deep Location technology uses machine-learning techniques to ensure one metre location accuracy, even in complex buildings.
  • Disinfectant lighting: Clinically proven disinfectant lighting is the ideal germicidal UV solution for any occupied space. Current’s technology has the ability to significantly reduce common pathogens while being safe for human exposure.
  • Contact tracing: With the WorkSafe contact tracing app and dashboard, employers can quickly identify exposed employees for testing, potentially limiting widespread facility closures.
  • Occupancy & congestion management: Building managers can monitor visitor flows, bottlenecks and density using occupancy and congestion analytics. By monitoring how many people are in specific zones of the buildings, employers ensure there is no overcrowding within the venue.