Air Canada to test wearable COVID tracking on employees

Air Canada to test wearable COVID tracking on employees

Air Canada has announced plans to test wearable contact tracing technology to help manage COVID-19 transmission among employees.

The Bluetooth-enabled technology is designed to to work without GPS information.

According to HHR Reporter,

The technology behind the app was developed in partnership with researchers at the University of Waterloo.

“TraceSCAN is an AI-powered solution for contact tracing in the workplace which can track staff exposure to COVID-19 without GPS information,” says William Melek, University of Waterloo mechanical and mechatronics engineering professor.

“The technology provides a risk-based assessment of an individual's exposure within dynamic and dense work environments. The technology enables the creation and management of safer work environments needed during this critical phase of the pandemic.”

This summer, a worldwide survey found that 86 per cent of employees are “very or somewhat comfortable with contact tracing led by their employer for organizational safety.”

In August, Theresa Tam's Public Health Agency admitted that there have been zero confirmed cases of passenger-to-passenger COVID-19 transmission in Canada.