Digisoft adapts accesso tech for Irish Defence Force wearable COVID-19 tracker

Cork soft­ware tech­nol­o­gy firm Digisoft and inter­na­tion­al leisure and attrac­tions tech­nol­o­gy provider accesso Tech­nol­o­gy Group have teamed up with the Irish Defence Forces to intro­duce a smart wear­able device to man­age COVID-19 pro­to­cols among its troops.

By part­ner­ing with the tech­nol­o­gy firms, the Defence Forces are cur­rent­ly test­ing this nov­el approach to COVID-19 risk man­age­ment, includ­ing rou­tine mil­i­tary train­ing and the deploy­ment of troops to Peace­keep­ing Mis­sions Overseas.

Prox­im­i­ty­Band is a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Digisoft and acces­so using proven wear­able tech­nol­o­gy devel­oped ini­tial­ly for amuse­ment parks and re-adopt­ed for COVID-19 mit­i­ga­tion pur­pos­es. It uses Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­i­ty to iden­ti­fy, mea­sure and track inter­ac­tions between wear­ers in a GDPR com­pli­ant man­ner to a secure admin­is­tra­tor infor­ma­tion hub. The patent­ed wrist­band also pro­vides social dis­tanc­ing guid­ance via on-screen and vibra­tion alerts in the workplace.

The device was ini­tial­ly tri­aled with mem­bers of the 96th Cadet Class in The Cur­ragh, who have already been deployed to assist the HSE in fight­ing COVID-19 as con­tact trac­ers. It was sub­se­quent­ly rolled out to over­seas units under­go­ing pre-deploy­ment iso­la­tion require­ments in both Kil­worth Camp and Cool­money Camp with the 62nd Infantry Group that deployed to UND­OF mis­sion in Syr­ia in Octo­ber 2020 and the 117th Infantry Bat­tal­ion recent­ly deployed to UNIFIL in Lebanon. The require­ment for iso­la­tion and pre-deploy­ment test­ing is a U.N. require­ment in a bid to curb the poten­tial spread of the virus.

Lt. Bryan Dwyer, engi­neer offi­cer with the 117th Bat­tal­ion about to deploy to Lebanon said, ​“The goal is to ensure that as a group, we are as close to risk-free from COVID-19 as pos­si­ble as we enter the mis­sion area and are ful­ly oper­a­tional to car­ry out our peace­keep­ing mis­sion on arrival. For the indi­vid­ual user, our sol­diers, it pro­vides use­ful feed­back includ­ing behav­ior mod­i­fi­ca­tion alerts to main­tain 2m sep­a­ra­tion dis­tance dur­ing the iso­la­tion phase, as well as updates on the num­ber of close con­tacts made dur­ing the peri­od of isolation.”

Fearghal Kel­ly, CEO of Digisoft said, ​“We are very proud that we have had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to part­ner with the Defence Forces on this project and in turn help to man­age COVID-19 in the force. This part­ner­ship has proved huge­ly suc­cess­ful for both par­ties and we look for­ward to rolling out this tech­nol­o­gy further.”

“Our Prism wear­able has been a resound­ing suc­cess in the theme park indus­try, but the unique chal­lenges pre­sent­ed by the COVID-19 cri­sis have revealed a whole new realm of pos­si­bil­i­ties for the appli­ca­tion of the tech­nol­o­gy,” said acces­so CEO Steve Brown. ​“We are thrilled to part­ner with Digisoft to pro­vide the tech­nol­o­gy for such an impor­tant project.”

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