Forget apps or sign-in sheets there's a new way to conduct contact tracing, and you wear it.
Canberra-based health service Aspen Medical has been contracted to distribute wearable contact-tracing devices. The company has signed an exclusive agreement with Melbourne-based Smart Badge to disperse its watch-like devices.
"Smart Badge products complement our existing COVID-19 suite of solutions which includes advisory services around infection prevention and control, training, PPE, mobile and temporary facilities and healthcare delivery teams," Aspen Medical founder and executive chairman Glenn Keys said.
"We're seeing strong interest from across all sectors, in particular, live entertainment, food manufacturing, aged care, mining, education and construction."
Smart Badge general manager Simon Finlayson said he was thrilled about the partnership.
"We're optimistic that with Smart Badge underpinning Aspen Medical's COVID-19 plans, we'll see a return to not just work, but the social gatherings we all enjoy, sooner," he said.
Aspen Medical has also been contracted by Tennis Australia to help plan next year's Australian Open. The Smart Badge device would be employed at the event.
"Twenty years on from showing the world how to host an Olympic Games, we are showing the world how to get back to work and play safely within the new normal," Mr Keys said.