Co. Wicklow based Irish telecommunications company Hubbcat is hoping to pitch a geofencing system for keeping track of quarantining individuals to the Irish government.
As reported by The Irish Independent, the system requires travellers who arrive in the country to download the Hubbcat app, which allows supervisors to use geofencing technology to create an invisible perimeter around the property in which travellers will be self-isolating for the duration of their required quarantine period. If an individual breaches the perimeter before their required quarantine period ends, an alarm will be automatically triggered, and the individual's phone will become a walkie-talkie, allowing a supervisor to immediately talk to the individual who is supposed to be self-isolating.
The system has already been used in the Bahamas, where Hubbcat found that it had a compliance rate of more than 90%.
Hubbcat now wants to pitch the technology to the Irish government for use in Ireland, and is hoping to roll the system out in Ireland as soon as possible.
"The Advantage Of The Hubbcat System"
The Irish Independent quotes Hubbcat chief commercial officer Niall O'Toole as saying, "The advantage of the Hubbcat system is that it allows an operative to immediately reach out to someone in isolation and talk directly to them.
"While this could mean asking them why they have left the property, it also means regularly checking in on them, seeing if they are okay, if they have any symptoms or if they need medical assistance.
"The system has been tried and tested by the government in the Bahamas, and it works. It allows people to self-isolate in houses, as well as hotels, which will make mandatory quarantining much safer and cheaper."
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