Stopping infection spread in the office with a simple click
Israeli medical device startup Canario’s offering allows managers to keep the chain of infection under control, limiting further Covid-19 cases
Yafit Ovadia | 11:07 28.05.2021
In order to help stop the chain of infection during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) era, Israeli medical device startup Canario developed a wearable device which tracks employees’ movements, and using artificial intelligence detects possible pollutants and air particles, allowing managers to monitor which employees were in close proximity to infected individuals. The device was recently tested in two facilities in Israel with plans for a third, proving successful in all scenarios. Currently, the company is developing two similar products. One is being used to detect pollution and other harmful airborne particles as well as radiation, while the Canario Proximity is designed to help company management keep track of infected persons with Covid-19 and other diseases to cut back on sending people home, ensuring that as few team members as possible are forced to isolate.
Canario's device is able to halt the spread of infection in the office (illustration). Photo: Shutterstock“It looks like a small device you can wear around your neck, and functions like an electronic nose. As air goes inside the device, it measures the particles,” Dovik Barkay, who is the CEO of Canario, told CTech. In doing so, the device helps reduce the rate of infection and cut down on disease spread. “If there are 50 people in an office and one person is sick with Covid-19, you don’t necessarily want to send everyone home,” Barkay said. “It’s difficult to decide who should be isolated, or to spot whoever was in close proximity to the sick person. Many businesses refused to take risks, and shut down their entire offices.” Employees can sport the wearable device, which sends an alert once per minute to the server, detailing the proximity between persons. It can calculate the distance between all of the wearable products nearby, and stores that data for up to two weeks. “If someone is infected, then a team manager can access a tablet equipped with back office software, simply plug the infected person’s name into the system, and see any person less than six feet away. It’s much easier to isolate those exposed, and not send home an entire team. It’s an epidemiological investigation in one click,” he said.