For the casual visitor, stepping into one of contact tracing app’s client sites can be a discomforting experience. Immediately upon crossing the threshold, one is quickly aware of a close-circuit television camera installed prominently on the ceiling and pointed squarely in one’s direction. With around three of such devices installed throughout the office, some uninitiated guests may quickly get the eerie sensation of being watched. 

But this is no dystopian corporate panopticon — the cameras are part of Indian-based IoT firm Hipla’s contact tracing solution in the fight against Covid-19. The devices allow firms to identify breaches of social distancing and mask-wearing regulations and detect patterns in human flow of traffic. With this information, says co-founder and CEO Sandeep Kaul, companies will be able to better enforce social distancing rules and develop policies to reduce potential spread of Covid-19. 

Such technologies are not new for the Internet of Things (IoT) firm. Based in India and Southeast Asia, the firm has long been developing human tracking and people-finding solutions for large enterprises such as universities and warehouses. Such technologies had previously been used largely for wayfinding during emergency and disaster management, as well as during large-scale MICE events where finding people can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. 

To continue reading,

Sign in to access this Premium article.

Subscription entitlements:

Less than $9 per month
3 Simultaneous logins across all devices
Unlimited access to latest and premium articles
Bonus unlimited access to online articles and virtual newspaper on The Edge Malaysia (single login)

Stay updated with Singapore corporate news stories for FREE

Follow our Telegram | Facebook