Navy Considers Employee-Tracking Wearables #Wearablewednesday
The Navy is looking to move forward with a device that tracks proximity of their force without storing any identifiable information or personal health information about the wearer, Via NextGov
Equipping personnel with wearable devices that track their movements and proximity to others is among near-future actions the Navy is considering to ensure employees keep appropriate space amid the pandemic—and to determine the efficacy of the government’s social distancing policies.
The Naval COVID Rapid Response Team is exploring the potential of existing commercial or advanced prototype technologies that can be used to underpin a “proximity tracking program” as the pandemic presses on, according to a recently released request for information. Records produced by wearables through the effort would track any time those wearing them interacted within 10 feet of one another.
The market research request comes as the Navy—and military at-large—severely scrambled to contain infection and spread of the novel coronavirus on its fleets and bases. In April, for instance, officials confirmed more than 10% of a 4,865-person crew on a Navy aircraft carrier tested positive for COVID-19. Other ships have since broken records for their time spent at sea, after their returns to shore were postponed to help slow and stop the virus.
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