New Malvern invention will help workers with social distancing during Covid-19 re-opening - The Malvern Observer

New Malvern invention will help workers with social distancing during Covid-19 re-opening

Malvern Editorial 19th Jun, 2020   0

A PIECE of new social-distancing technology invented in Malvern is helping construction workers stay safe.

Plinx, developed by Wearable-Link, is a proximity sensor which alerts workers when they are too close to each other, allowing essential construction work to continue safely across the UK.

The new technology was featured on BBC One’s The One Show last week. The inventor Tommy Williams was inspired by his love of surfing. He initially created a location tracker to prevent surfers from getting lost at sea.

With the help of BetaDen, Worcestershire’s business accelerator located at Malvern Hills Science Park, Tommy was able to adapt this concept. He came up with proximity sensor which prevents the spread of Covid-19 whilst enabling construction work to continue.

Stephen Roberts of Wearable-Link said: “Plinx is a product that has been in development for more than years, the system was originally developed to warn users of hazards in hazardous work environments.

“We never expected to warn workers of their proximity to other workers. However our system was ideally suited for this and has been adapted for social distancing.”

Coun Ken Pollock, cabinet member for Economy and Infrastructure said: “It is wonderful to see a device which has been invented here in Worcestershire being used to enable construction work to continue safely. It is a valuable piece of technology.”

The device is placed on construction workers’ helmets and uses Bluetooth, GPS and Wireless technology.

The data from the wearable device is sent to a local hub and is then displayed on a map, which shows the construction site layout and what requires improvement.

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