• 2020 April 20 11:52

    Port of Antwerp tests smart bracelet to prevent corona infection on the workfloor

    Port of Antwerp tests smart bracelet to prevent corona infection on the workfloorPort of Antwerp says it is teaming up with the tech company Rombit to prevent corona infection on the workfloor. Rombit has developed the Romware Covid Radius, a digital bracelet that ensures social distancing and permits contact tracing. Port of Antwerp will be the first to use this innovative bracelet.

    To produce this armband Rombit has added new functions to its existing safety bracelet, the Romware ONE. This will help employees to observe the strict precautions laid down by the World Health Organisation (WHO) while respecting the privacy of the wearer. The initiative is also a response to the call by the Flemish Government to create digital solutions for helping society through the current corona crisis. Port of Antwerp, which recently introduced a project with the Romware ONE safety bracelet, will be the first to make use of the Covid functions.

    The new Covid bracelet is aimed in the first place at social distancing. Whenever employees come too close to one another they first get a warning signal. However privacy is guaranteed: the Covid Wearable never passes on the location or other sensitive information to the employer.

    At the same time the bracelet permits contact tracing: if someone happens to be infected then a health advisor or trusted confidant can check which work colleagues the person has come in contact with, in order to prevent further infection.

    Port of Antwerp CEO Jacques Vandermeiren: "Innovation and digital transformation are crucial in times of crisis such as these. It is essential to keep the port operational, and to ensure that our employees can work safely. We therefore see great potential in this solution and will shortly start trials with a team of operatives." 

    Rombit CEO John Baekelmans: "The new '1.5 metre economy' depends on reliable aids. We are therefore making huge efforts to get the modified bracelet onto the mass market in large quantities, so that we can contribute towards getting the economy safely restarted. There is already great international interest."

    Port alderman Annick De Ridder: “It is fundamental that our economy can get back to full speed as soon as possible and that we focus on ways to ensure that this restart will proceed safely. As the port of Antwerp, we are happy to contribute by taking up our social role and functioning as a testing ground for technological innovation.”

    Rombit makes ports and industrial companies more efficient, safe and dynamic. The technology company develops integrated software- and hardware solutions, based upon its specific market knowledge and vast technical expertise. Rombit was founded in 2012. Headquartered in Antwerp, it now employs 60 people and it supports customers such as Port of Antwerp, Deme, PSA, Brabo, Zuidnatie and the City of Antwerp. In 2017 Rombit acquired the security company Sercotec. At the end of 2019, Rombit carried out its second capital increase. At the beginning of April 2020, founder Jorik Rombouts passed the torch to John Baekelmans (CEO Rombit) and Wouter De Geest (Chairman of the Board of Directors) and Rombit acquired the training company Drivity.




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