Helping businesses comply with safe working legal requirements and avoid costly fines and crippling closures
RS Components (RS), a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers, has introduced the Safe Distancing Assistant from Pathfindr, a new addition to RS’ supplier portfolio specialising in asset intelligence using connectivity-enabled location tracking. Designed for use in enclosed environments, such as factories, offices, warehouses and education facilities, the small, lightweight device can be easily clipped onto an ID lanyard to alert the wearers when a social distancing limit is being breached. It can also do away with the need for intrusive PPE. The device may be of particular benefit to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that do not have excess floor space within their premises to enable safe social distancing measures to be implemented.
Pathfindr’s Safe Distancing Assistant uses ultra-wideband (UWB) technology to create a full 360-degree field of detection, which is far more reliable and accurate than other wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth. The device works straight out of the box with no need for additional hardware, infrastructure, or connectivity. It has a default setting of two metres, which is also adjustable. As it is activated when worn, there is no need to remember to turn it on and off. It is fully rechargeable via the USB charging cable, which is supplied, and will provide up to five days of continuous use on one charge.
“Our Safe Distancing Assistant is affordable, hygienic and simple to use,” said Ben Sturgess, Chief Technical Officer at Pathfindr. “When worn, it emits a short audible or vibrating alert when another wearer is detected within two metres, advising both wearers to check and increase their distance. It will help businesses assure employees that robust social distancing measures are in place and prove compliance with safe working legal requirements.”
“Pathfindr’s Safe Distancing Assistant helps businesses effectively deal with the challenges of COVID-19,” said Rebecca Matthews, Commercial Supplier Manager at RS. “It also benefits businesses where there are likely to be visitors who may not be as familiar with internal social distancing procedures.”
Pathfindr’s Safe Distancing Assistant is available now from RS in the EMEA region.
About RS Components
RS Components is a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers who are involved in designing, building or maintaining industrial equipment and facilities. We aim to offer our customers unrivalled choice of product technologies, solve problems with innovative solutions and deliver a world-class customer experience, making it easy to do business with us.
We stock more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers. We solve problems and provide a wide range of value-added solutions to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we trade through multiple channels and ship over 50,000 parcels a day.
Electrocomponents plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2020 reported revenue of £1.95 billion. Electrocomponents plc has six operating brands; RS Components, Allied Electronics & Automation, RS PRO, OKdo, DesignSpark and IESA.
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