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Bay State College uses HID Bluetooth beacons to support contact tracing

Andrew Hudson   ||   Dec 18, 2020  ||   

Trusted identity solutions provider, HID Global, is providing Bay State College a means to conduct digitized contact tracing on its Boston campus leveraging HID Bluetooth BEEKs to provide real-time location services. The HID Bluetooth beacons come in the form of simple badge holders that are used to carry existing ID badges for students, faculty, staff and guests.

The beacons are part of a solution that makes it possible to quickly and easily perform contact tracing, removing the manual and time-consuming effort to identify who has been in contact with whom on campus.

“Contact tracing is a key component for safely operating our campuses and considered by health departments to be one of the most important efforts to help slow the spread of COVID-19,” says Jeffrey E. Myers, Chief Information Officer with Bay State College. “HID BEEKS beacons are  carried by each person on campus as part of our solution that enabled us to safely resume in-person classes and keep our campus operational should isolated parts of our community find themselves infected.”

The HID BEEKS Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) beacons provide the starting data that Bay State’s contact tracing solution uses to calculate the time, place, and proximity of faculty, staff, and students while on the college’s two campuses. The information from the beacons enables college administrators to comply with state and local occupancy mandates and, when needed, rapidly respond to cases. Logs are maintained only for the 14-day period required for contact tracing, and the university has adopted strict privacy policy guidelines for data use and access.

“We are very pleased that Bay State College has used HID BEEKs Beacons to help streamline and accelerate the often daunting task of contact tracing,” says Mark Robinton, vice president of IoT Services at HID Global. “In addition to creating a completely digitized approach to this process, HID’s offering is part of a broader platform that provides smart building and optimization capabilities that extend well beyond today’s pressing need to stem the spread of COVID-19.”

HID BEEKS Beacons are part of a suite of components in the HID Location Services for Workplace Safety designed to streamline and simplify the management of social distancing. These workplace safety solutions build on the HID Location Services platform, which has already been deployed by a number of Fortune 500 companies worldwide to manage building occupancy, optimize office and facility space, improve energy efficiency and enhance security.

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