Finding Safety in Data

Finding  Safety in Data  

Like it or not, the “new normal” is here – one version of it anyway.   Personal protective equipment, social distancing,  and  regular cleaning are all part of our daily lives .  For  many , so is worrying about the safety of their loved ones,  friends, and communities   – especially as school starts nationwide.   How  can  schools and businesses  meet the personal safety needs  of the ir  people and still  move forward  with a new version of  normal ? We  posit  that safety  and reassurance can be found in technological aids and the data they store.  
It’s  that time of year again   – waking  everyone up , fixing breakfast, and rushing your kids out the door to catch the bus .. . or maybe to the kitchen table to log in to their video lesson for virtual or hybrid schooling.   In a recent poll ,  ParentsTogether  asked  1,200 parents  their opinion on re-opening schools  this fall .  59% said schools should remain closed until there is no health risk , even if that means pushing the students behind in learning.  This high number reinforces what we already know; p arents want to feel confident  th at their  children  are  safe. These days that means they need c onfidence  that their  schools  are  tak ing   proactive  m easures to protect their children’s health.  

Re-opening for the students can be intimidating for staff as well as parents. School administrators are referencing the CDC on how they can protect the health, safety, and overall well being of their students, teachers, and volunteers as they prepare for classes  to resume .  To accomplish this daunting task , several  schools are  looking for  way s  to track laptops, tablets, and  other frequently-used  device s  to  ensure that students are keeping their peers safe .    
Real-time location systems  (RTLS)  could be the answer for  tracking  these devices and even people, to rely on  hard  tracking and tracing  data rather than  a much more fallible technology, human  memory .   Put yourself in an office or school. It’s a Friday morning; the weekend is almost here.  You sit down at your desk . After a few hours, you  realize that two of your friends  haven’t  arrived at theirs  yet.  Your mind starts picking up speed as the questions spin: “Was I around them this week? Did we spend too long in the  same area? Did I  clean my phone and keyboard enough ?  What did they touch – did I touch the same things? Could I be asymptomatic? Could I have bro ught this home to my family?  Do we all need to quarantine? ” 
How much better would you feel if your company had access to extensive data records? Records that could track who was in contact with a particular person for more than five minutes, within 6 ft.? Technology that could alert someone...