How can robotics and other technologies help keep us safe during COVID-19?
Two ways we can use technology to keep us safe during these times are contact tracing and spread prevention.
Many organizations are using IoT to monitor human interactions within their facilities. If an employee comes down with COVID-19, the data can be used to determine who came in contact with the sick employee, and for how long. Employees with prolonged exposures can then be proactively tested and quarantined to help prevent further spread.
IoT can also be used to determine the density of employees in a given area. Areas that show unacceptable levels of congregation can be re-engineered to better space out employees and potentially limiting the spread.
Another way to prevent spread is to replace in-person activities with virtual ones. For instance, using virtual reality headsets to replace hands-on training for factory employees.