Social distancing at work supported with innovative new wearable tags

An electronic warning tag which alerts wearers when they get they get too close to a colleague is being introduced to workplaces across the country thanks to the ingenuity of an entrepreneur from Essex.

Neil Levett spotted the European technology while searching for a solution for a client who needed to be sure their staff were socially distancing when they went back to work. The wearer receives an audible and visual warning when they are within the unsafe zone of another tag.

He has now launched KeepADistance, a site selling them as a key part of an overall social distancing solution. Levett says the tags are ideal for staff in a wide range of sectors because they are lightweight, splashproof and ergonomic.

They come with a QR code to assign the tag to a user at a specific time which means that if a staff member were to show symptoms, everyone who has come into close contact with them has been logged and can therefore be warned, and self-isolate as necessary.

“My client asked me to find them a way they could get their staff back to work whilst guaranteeing their health and safety and this was the best solution I could find,” Levett explains. “They just do what so many people need at the moment and with the reporting option too it gives staff or customers, the reassurance that the company issuing them truly has their welfare at heart.”

The reporting is driven by a USB adaptive QR code reader and Tag sensor which can be used on any PC and connects to a cloud-based system so that any transgressions within social distancing rules can be monitored and processes changed as necessary.

Those who have to work in close proximity can have their tags grouped so they do not constantly set each other’s tags off but will be warned if someone else is too close.

If social distancing rules are changed, the tags can be recalibrated to a different distance. “As a business owner, I know that the economy needs people to get back to work. But there’s no point getting people back to work if they’re not safe,” concludes Levett. “These tags deliver a constant, consistent and low-cost reassurance that staff are maintaining social distancing, so they can get back to work.”

The tags are available at which also offers temperature sensors, sanitising equipment and gels, desk screens and even animated safety videos.

Note to editors: Neil can be contacted at or on 07774 290522.

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