Bat-like sensor could help maintain social distance in offices


Bowen, a graduate of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, said IMERAI sensors work “in a similar fashion” and that they ensure that “all credentials are protected”.The company, which was founded in 2018 and is based in the city’s business school incubator, has started hiring five new engineers.

IMERAI’s technology is based on micro-electromechanical system microphones, or “MEMS”, which are widely used in mobile phones and smart home devices. The company uses microphones as the basis for its sensor to detect the layout of its environment.

“While the UK is debating how to facilitate secure lockdowns, this type of technology could be used to count the number of people in an office and the distance between them to help social distancing and infection control, “said Bowen.

He also described his technology as a potential “game changer” for people with dementia, as it could quickly accelerate the deterioration of movement.

While some companies have lobbied to allow workers to operate remotely on a permanent basis, others have focused on finding ways to get people back to work.

Tech giant Salesforce released an online toolkit for employers in May that would allow workers to set aside time to use elevators, complete daily health assessments and book during lunch breaks.

In the construction industry, Wearable Link, based in the UK, has developed technology that can alert builders if they get too close to each other to comply with local social distancing rules.


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