If COVID-19 impact was unprecedented, maintaining social distancing was even horrible, especially in a densely populated country like India. Without the usage of technology, it would not have been possible.
Thanks, to the upsurge in technology which ensured maintaining social distancing with zero hassles.
Controlling such a worldwide outbreak was not going to be easy unless we implemented robust technology, which proved vital in contact tracing and maintained social distancing. Fundamentally it changed the way business processes would go and have interacted in virtual meetings. Social distancing and stay-at-home mandates mean in-person meetings took virtual shape, which again fostered contactless delivery solutions vital for ensuring social distancing, says noted Astro Strategist cum Business Astrologer Hirav Shah.
According to Shah, at a time when pandemic has pulverized the economic process, social distancing is proving to be the way-to-go method to keep the business wheels moving.
Hirav Shah says, “The Covid-19 phase has explored the avenue of opportunities for mobile app developers for ensuring social distancing apps. This will get you ample reasons to stick to the mass formula of social distancing using the latest trends & technology.”
4 Ways Companies Using Technology To Implement Social Distancing In 2021
1) Apps And Contact Tracing
The rise in smartphone apps proved to be a perfect launchpad for centralized contact tracing in India. The rise in Aarogya Setu app downloads may be the classic example. Companies are leveraging the advantages of contact tracing apps outgrown by a significant margin in 2020.
The mobile contact-tracing apps keep track of people in maintaining proximity from the infected person. These apps are quite helpful in-app alerts and affecting individuals when they are diagnosed with COVID-19 positive. Hence, proved helpful in stopping community transmission.
Apart from that, these apps gained an enormous rise in proximity or contact with the infected person. Apple and Google were employing a Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform on an outsized scale and became immensely popular.
A COVID-19 app and website were also launched by Apple for a much better screening COVID-19 outbreak. Specifically for better implementation of social distancing protocols and real-time tracking, compass India also came up with OnSafe apps. Preventing the crowd within the office spaces and allow organizations to revamp in the most sophisticated manner.
2) Artificial Intelligence and Robots
Yes, technology may be a pillar once we mention maintaining social distancing by automated machines and robots. It saw widespread adoption across the world in 2020. Robots were seen carrying the medicine trolley to patients.
Drones saw widespread adoption in 2020 and to deliver food, medicine, and for disinfecting things. Facilitating faster manual processes and implementing social distancing mechanisms efficiently. Perhaps a perfect time for contactless delivery solutions that nobody has ever imagined.
Undoubtedly technology remained a pillar of support during COVID-19 with automated machines and robots as long as drones don’t require human contact and are quite faster than manual processes, helping implement social distancing efforts efficiently.
When coming to AI-powered solutions, Wobot Intelligence, an AI-driven computer vision SaaS venture came out with a hygiene tracking tool to be plugged into existing cameras. Installed CCTV helped in monitoring social distancing compliance, sanitization, and premise cleaning activities.
Similarly, officials at the Indian Telecommunication Service (ITS) came out with DRISHTI (Digital Real-Time AI System for maintaining Social Distancing with timely Intervention), an AI-based system having Tri-Netras (three digital eyes). Working with all three patterns proved substantial in detecting social distancing violations. Be it violations associated with a mask or people gathering in public places to limit mass gathering.
3) Wearables- The Protective Wrist Gear
Companies are —leaving no stone unturned when it involves maintaining social distancing efforts in 2020 using wearables. However, a big percentage of the crowd were operating virtually. The released wristbands this year also comes with a feature to alert an employee if he/she comes too physically on the brink of another person within the workplace. Isn’t that a captivating experience to address things? And, perhaps a golden opportunity to get familiar with the technology.
The company adheres to social distancing rules necessary to scale back COVID-19 spread. Wearables send alerts within the sort of alarm, a vibrating buzzer, or LED light.
Though it’ll take time until situations turn normal, innovators and researchers rose to the occasion and are successfully handling the stress of a dynamic workplace. If 2020 was the beginning of all social-distancing-focused tech and innovation, then 2021 is going to be filled with –trials and errors– of the vaccine.
4) QR Codes: The Newer Way Of Authenticating Things
No one could not even imagine that these simple little machines with scanning capacity would prove pivotal in maintaining the physical distance. Lesser physical contact with objects or people meant the reduced possibility of catching the infection. Since QR codes are easily accessed using a smartphone and may store massive data, they were widely adopted in 2020.
Hirav Shah says, “Businesses around the world could only be possible due to virtual methods. Moreover, QR codes are placed anywhere by serving loads of purposes as they might be utilized in pamphlets, menu cards, financial transactions, registrations, and more.
When talking about the food industry in many popular restaurants, including the favored American nutriment company, McDonald’s implemented the virtual mechanism. Widely popular communication apps like WhatsApp started What’s app payment service– the rarest thing for social media apps. With such massive changes amidst the outbreak, the demand for mobile app developers started when the worldwide trial vaccine goes on.
To help customers avoid long queues, traditional reusable menu cards, promoting convenient ordering, using QR codes were simply outstanding.
As customers now need to scan the QR code, which lets them access the menu card and make online payments. QR codes are getting used for tracing contactless information. Companies are now using QR codes to supply information associated with new campaigns or products other than using pamphlets or business cards.
The pandemic has provided the much-needed aisles for technology proliferation. For technocrats, this can’t be a far better time to explore grey areas that helped in social distancing.
Hence, a tailor-made situation for technology is good to proceed with. With newer avenues being added on the backdrop of technology, the demand for mobile app developers is grown by a big margin. Be it technology researchers or medics everyone continues to rise to the occasion and make in-roads.”