Apr 16, 2020 in News

Mapiq and VORM develop device to help construction workers keep a healthy distance

In the fight against the Coronavirus, Mapiq and VORM, project developer and construction company, developed a social distancing device to help construction workers keep a healthy distance. The Corona beacon, a wearable with Bluetooth, makes it easy for workers on construction sites to maintain enough space from one another. As soon as they are less than 1.5 meters apart, the device will make a beeping noise.

Bouwe de Planque
by Bouwe de Planque
Corona beacon
The Corona beacon gives real-time feedback to workers on construction sites by making a beeping noise and flashing light, the picture shows a detailed 3D rendering of the final prototype.

A brand-new device

Not only offices are facing challenges the new 1.5-meter society brings. In many other sectors, such as the construction industry, keeping a safe distance is hard. Norbert Schotte, Innovation Manager at VORM, asked Holland Contech & Proptech for advice. Because of our knowledge of localization technology and experience in developing hardware products, we offered to help. VORM wanted a device that would ensure workers can keep the right amount of distance from one another. Just 3 weeks later, the first version of the Corona beacon was born.

“The Corona beacon plays an essential part in ensuring the safety of our workers on construction sites. Together with Mapiq, we developed an important innovation for the construction sector.”

Hans Meurs, General Manager of VORM

Real-time feedback

Right now, keeping people at a safe distance from each other is the biggest challenge. Smart technology can offer a solution. The Corona beacon is unique in its form and function. It gives real-time feedback to workers on construction sites by making a beeping noise and flashing light. Most tools rely on apps that can’t always ensure the safety of the personal information of the users. The Corona beacon can.

No privacy worries

The Corona beacon is not connected to the internet, and not personal. How it works? Each beacon transmits a generic Bluetooth signal and receives signals from other beacons nearby. As soon as a signal is within 1.5 meters, the beacon will know and make a beeping sound. The sound will stop as soon as the distance is more than 1.5 meters again. By not using personal information, the Corona beacon has a very low impact on the privacy of it’s users.

Corona beacon
A conceptual sketch from the ideation phase shows the Corona beacon.

Corona beacon for construction site

The Corona beacon is developed for the construction sector but might be used for other sectors struggling with keeping a safe distance. Together with VORM, we are currently investigating the possibilities of producing the Corona beacon on a larger scale. Read the full article in Dutch.

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