Canberra rolls out new contact tracing and social distancing technology

New contact tracing and social distancing technology will be available free-of-charge to meeting planners with a confirmed event in Canberra.

The wearable device, developed by new Australian company Smart Badge, provides triple action technology to help organisations work safely during the pandemic.

The badge alerts the wearer through a discrete vibration, flash and/or a beep when they are within 1.5 metres of another wearer infringing on social distancing guidelines. The device also has instant contact tracing capabilities allowing meeting planners to rapidly respond in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Additionally, the technology can manage capacity control limits of an event through automated wearer mapping and using LED columns to alert guests when a room or venue is at maximum capacity based on proximity regulations.

“Being able to provide this contact tracing and social distancing technology to meeting planners looking to organise events in the capital is an important part of attracting events once again to our destination,” said Michael Matthews, CEO at Canberra Convention Bureau.

The roll-out of the technology was funded as part of ACT Government’s new Tourism and Hospitality Package.

“Trialling this technology will help position Canberra as a safe destination to stage a meeting or conference,” said ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

“It is an important step in identifying new ways of operating, to support the business events sector and all the businesses that benefit from delegate spend in our city.”