We live in a world where we still have to live by the rules of making everything we do COVID-proof. Expo 2020 Dubai is making sure that every visitor they have on the site is safe and that there are no occurrences that are linked to the world’s pandemic. With this in mind, they decided to bring out a Global Best Practice Programme, where participants can introduce their projects regarding COVID-19.
The Global Best Practice programme is a programme that highlights five areas that focus on the SDG’s (United Nations Sustainable Developments Goals) taking into account that every project has to fit the criteria of living safe in a world. The five organizations were chosen by the jury and one of them was Lopos, a Belgian organization.
Launched in September 2020, Expo’s call for COVID-related proposals received applications from 318 projects, in 78 different countries, across five focus areas: Digitization; Education and Skills Development; Health and Wellbeing; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; and Protecting Livelihoods.
And now, we're very proud to introduce you to the Belgian company selected for the programme in the category Digitization.
Lopos – Social distancing made easy
It all started as an ultra-wideband technology invented with the purpose of winning a competition at Ghent University called Do! The founders were one of the winners in the 2019 edition of the competition. When the pandemic hit the world, the opportunity was there to bring out the social distancing wristband. SafeDistance was created, so social distance would be respected and kept.
How does it work?
SafeDistance is a small, light, portable device that measures distance to other SafeDistance sensors in real time to ensure sufficient spacing between people. This wearable device immediately warns wearers when social distancing is not being respected through an alarm, flashing lights and vibrations. The device can also assist with track and trace for COVID-19 infections.
You can wear the device around your arm, belt or around your neck. When someone does not respect the distance to be kept, the alarm will go off. You can additionally track where your contact was and connect it to your phone, so you can have all the necessary information handy.
We are very proud that a Belgian company made it to the Best Practice Programme and encourage Lopos to keep up the good work! Congratulations!