Enterprise data capture manufacturer adds proximity sensor and alert system to its leading line of KDC devices. Offers free upgrade for customers.
KOAMTAC®, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Bluetooth companion barcode scanners, barcode and RFID Sleds, mPOS solutions, and enterprise charging solutions today launched a social distance feature for KDC BLE 5.0 barcode scanners and RFID readers. With warehouses, manufacturing, and other businesses resuming globally, the solution helps businesses adhere to social distancing guidelines and therefore protect employees’ health.
The new proximity feature leverages Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0 to alert employees via loud beeping alert, social distance warning message on the screen, and vibration of both the KDC device and phone or tablet host device. The combination of approaches was created to help social distance even in a loud work environment and ensure accessibility for all workers. Workers may continue to utilize the scanner when the proximity sensor is alerting them, however, the alarm and messaging will continue until employees are at a safe, predetermined distance.
“As we return to work in our warehouses and manufacturing line, we have our employees’ health at the forefront. Proximity alerting is an excellent way to ensure they maintain a safe distance in these environments. We understood that if we wanted proximity alerts, so, too, would our customers,” said Hanjin Lee, President of KOAMTAC.
The proximity alert can be defined using the menu on a BLE 5.0 KDC, via KTSync application, or by scanning a special barcode and can be adjusted in increments of 3.3 feet (1 meter) up to 16 feet (5 meters). It is available for all BLE 5.0 KDC models including those with inductive charging, an alphanumeric keypad, and RFID reader. The KDC will send a notification to the connected host device, where it will record violations throughout the work shift and be available for review by supervisors. Utilizing the KTSync application, each violation can also trigger an email to the supervisor in real-time to ensure adherence to the company’s social distance policy.
The proximity alert for social distancing is available to all current KOAMTAC customers via the latest firmware available for download at https://koamtac.com/support/downloads/firmware/. No additional software or application is needed to apply it to BLE KDCs though utilizing the KTSync app provides advanced options including warnings on the host device and automated supervisor notifications. For help with upgrading firmware, customers can contact KOAMTAC customer support via phone +1.609.256.4700 or online at https://koamtac.com/about-us/contact-us/.
Customers with Bluetooth Classic KDCs or KDCs with BLE4.1 can contact KOAMTAC to discuss upgrading their devices to BLE 5.0 models. KOAMTAC’s future proximity alerts will also be available via their KOAMTACON Mobile Data Management App with a dashboard for holistic reporting and contact tracing. KOAMTAC is also working on a consumer-level social distancing proximity alert solution utilizing BLE dongles and tags as a low-cost safety solution for businesses open to the public.