This Spanish tool, endorsed by the WHO, detects contagion 'hot spots' in companies and organizations

This Spanish tool, endorsed by the WHO, detects contagion ‘hot spots’ in companies and organizations

One of the most important challenges facing any company and organization in the ‘new normal’, and which has increased with the end of summer and holidays, is to facilitate a safe return to work centers .

On the one hand, organizations such as redisencias and schools once again have their usual ‘tenants’, and on the other, some companies resume face-to-face work .

The obligatory contingency plans designed by many entities include many hygienic and organizational measures on paper, but these in many cases have become insufficient to control the spread .

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To remedy this, the technology company BeyondTech and CIRCE Foundation have launched SafeBack2Work , a tool designed to detect, without the need to monitor in an intrusive way, the movements of each person and the relationships between the members within an organization, creating visual maps of interactions and ‘hot spots’ that show contagion possibilities .

Unlike other tools, its creators say “it does not compromise the privacy of people or the organization, it does not have to be downloaded to any device and it does not monitor worker activity or use geolocation.”

The data it provides can facilitate the organizations that use it to make decisions “when returning to the activity” , for example, as well as decisions about the use of workspaces and interaction in them or the need to restructure teams to create security.

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Based on the theoretical model developed by the CIRCE Foundation to design the return of its workers to the workplace , BeyondTech has created “a program of simple use and great capacity for data and statistical analysis.” This collaboration is “an example of knowledge transfer,” affirm both entities.

According to Gabriel César Jiménez, CEO of BeyondTech , this application can be used “both in companies and in education or health , as it uses a methodology based on influence networks, offering a statistical ratio of probability of contagion.”

The project has been published in the WHO bibliography as an example of good practice in the face of the health crisis .

One of its advantages is that it allows virtual simulations on the effects that organizational changes would have when it comes to reducing contagions, in a way that allows greater organization and prior control over the different areas in which its members are located.

This recognition is possible thanks to software specially trained to focus on periocular biometry, that is, on the differential features that a face presents in the eyes and their contour.
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The tool considers factors such as the relationships between workers, spaces, projects in which they operate, schedules, shifts and modes of transport to identify the critical points and people most at risk of contagion and thus be able to make decisions and create ‘bubbles’ in which isolate those possible sources.

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