Greater Toronto Airports Authority deploys Covid safety alert devices for frontline employees

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The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport, has announced a new Covid-19 program involving the deployment of 1,000 covid safety alert (CSA) devices to frontline GTAA employees in partnership with IT company Wipro.

The clip-on CSA devices can be worn on employees’ belts, coats or lanyards and have been designed to help reinforce physical distancing and rapidly enable workplace contact tracing in the event of a confirmed Covid-19 diagnosis. The device buzzes and flashes to notify the wearer when they are less than 2m away from another CSA device. Each time they come into contact with another device, the devices record the incident in a confidential log that is used to enable workplace tracing in the event that an employee reports a confirmed Covid-19 diagnosis.

“We continue to be a leader when it comes to healthy airport policies, procedures and technologies that protect our passengers and workers from Covid-19,” said Deborah Flint, president and CEO, GTAA. “Together with our IT partner, Wipro, we are announcing the introduction of a new wearable technology that will help our frontline workers to be diligent in maintaining physical distancing and logging contacts during the pandemic. In addition to worker testing and airport employer Covid reporting, the introduction of covid safety alert devices provides another layer of safety, both for our valued employees and for the communities we serve.”

“Digital transformation is at the core of the Healthy Airport program,” said Amit Majithia, vice president and country head – Canada, Wipro Limited. “The CSA solution, leveraging Wipro’s EngineeringNXT capabilities across wearables, IoT, connectivity and analytics, is an example of collaboration and reimagination. With our deep domain and technology expertise, we are striving for continuous innovation at the GTAA.”

The CSA devices are part of Toronto Pearson’s Healthy Airport program


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