UWB-based wearable enables simple social distancing

May 13, 2020 //By Julien Happich
social distancing
Lopos, a spin-off of imec and the Ghent University, has developed a wearable that helps employees follow social distancing guidelines. To be commercialized under the name “SafeDistance”, the wearable warns employees through an audible or haptic alarm, when they are violating the social

distancing guidelines while approaching each other. The SafeDistance wearable is based on the Lopos ultra wideband (UWB) technology that originated from R&D at imec and the Ghent University.
This technology enables a safe, highly accurate (< 15cm error margin) distance measurement. When two wearables approach each other, the exact distance between the devices is measured and an alarm is activated when a minimum safety distance is not respected.

The solution guarantees absolute privacy of the user. After successful pilots at medium and large companies in the chemical, metal and construction industry, Lopos is now scaling up to mass production.
"In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible, it is crucial that we adhere to the social distancing guidelines set by international health experts and governments. The SafeDistance wearable is an intuitive solution that endorses social distancing guidelines in a professional environment. Employees can easily carry the wearable via a clip on the hip or a lanyard and rest assured that they are working within a safe distance,” explains Jen Rossey, CEO of Lopos. “Our solution works as a standalone solution; no gateway, server or other infrastructure is required, no personal data are logged.”

AkzoNobel is one of the companies that tested the SafeDistance wearable. Stefaan De Block from AkzoNobel: “Our employees responded very positively to the effect of the Lopos safedistance wearable. It reminds them to respect the safe distance of 1.5 metres. We have seen an immediate impact of our employees’ interaction with each other and over 90 percent them are willing to continue to use the Lopos wearable.”

Lopos has already received multiple large-scale orders over the last few weeks from companies active in a wide range of different sectors.
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