Governments around the world are gearing up to open up their economies again and companies need to be equipped with the proper tools that keep employees safe. This can of course be accomplished through the use of hand sanitizer, gloves and masks, but technology may be key in ensuring that offices are completely secure.
For instance, the implementation of hands-free door openers can help people avoid germ-ridden doorknobs. Belgium-based 3D printing company Materialise designed a door opener that is attached to a door handle and allows the user to open the door with their elbow.
Many governments have already encouraged people to wear masks and gloves when they are in public. That is why companies like Virustatic Shield have created reusable masks made of fabric that kills 96% of influenza viruses and is classified as a Class 2 PPE device.
Some companies are also using wearable social distancing devices to keep workers safe. For example, employees at Ford’s Michigan factory are trying a smartwatch device that buzzes when the user is less than 6 feet from another worker.
Digital thermometers and thermal cameras will also likely be adopted outside of factories so whoever is about to enter a building can have their body temperature checked.
Workplace analytics that are offering accurate density screenings will likely also force companies to rethink their office design. Some companies are already taking measures to ensure occupants of their space are abiding by measures by implementing visual boundaries that encourage distancing and one-way traffic.