PouchNATION launched the PouchPASS temperature measuring device on June 24th, marking its first foray into the healthcare industry.
The Singapore-based company is a provider of event solutions that develops solutions for the event industry, e.g. B. NFC-based systems, RFID-enabled cashless payments, geolocation, ticketing, POS development and more.
PouchPASS: How it works
Complemented by a PouchBAND, this elegant bracelet measures your temperature with a thermostat of clinical quality. It is waterproof and dustproof and can also be worn in the shower.
The PouchBAND is powered by a lithium coin battery that is used continuously for months.
PouchBAND Plus comes with an RFID microchip that integrates NFC. This integrates access control, attendance lists, cashless payments and more on the device.
Data collected by the PouchBAND is synchronized with the PouchPASS application so that you can view your data on the dashboard of your mobile phone or PC.
In the PouchPASS application, users can also record health symptoms and receive notifications of fever alerts.
PouchPASS includes location tracking software that is activated only through user privileges. Gateway solutions that record PouchPASS data are available for spaces such as schools, offices, and factories.
Transition from event solutions to health tech
PouchPASS was released just six months after the pandemic.
As the market leader in wearable technology, PouchNATION has re-applied its event philosophy for Covid-19, the “greatest event of our life,” said Ilya Kravtsov, CEO of PouchNATION.
The event solution provider has created NFC-based systems to manage event vulnerabilities. PouchNATION was able to quickly adapt its existing technology to the requirements of an economy affected by pandemics.
Temperature checking and contact tracking functions were the obvious additions … We knew we had the functions. So it was a no-brainer.
New functions are often pumped out as soon as we learn from the ever-changing needs of the world population and companies.
– Stefan Lim, director of PouchNATION Singapore
The second version of PouchPASS is due to be released later this year.
User rights and data protection
The COVID-19 pandemic has massively restricted freedom of movement. Most public spaces require time-consuming temperature and identification tests to track the movement of infected people.
To reduce personnel costs, companies can use PouchPASS to automate presence and access rights, make contactless purchases and monitor those who are in quarantine.
In addition, PouchPASS temperature tracking features can be used to support government-led contact tracking.
Initial attempts to implement tracking solutions met with resistance. Concerns have been raised about violations of data protection rights, especially when data is collected from government agencies.
To alleviate the concerns, PouchPASS has assured its users that their data will never be collected without user permission.
Data collected via PouchPASS is stored on a secure cloud-based system. Users have full transparency and control over shared information, and settings can be changed at any time.
Address ease of use
PouchPASS is released at a time when large corporations like Google are struggling to develop health technologies to track infections.
However, a technology that specifically targeted tracking the movement of entire populations was largely ineffective due to the low uptake rate.
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However, PouchPASS may be more effective than larger organizations when it comes to engaging users because it appeals to individuals and organizations
Individual users can monitor each other's temperatures, including parents who want to check on their child.
With continuous temperature monitoring and detection, companies can increase productivity, lower labor costs and improve workplace safety.
The gateway solutions from PouchPASS enable government agencies to collect data from PouchPass carriers. According to Lim, "anonymity of bracelet identities is maintained until urgent contact tracking protocols are required."
Will PouchPASS be the next big thing?
Part of the appeal of PouchPASS is that it is currently a voluntary private purchase, not a mandatory technology required by the state.
If it can keep its promises, the benefits of tracking technologies like PouchPASS may outweigh the potential cost of data protection for some users. However, concerns about data leaks and misuse will continue to affect dog tracking technology.
It also offers not only a temperature measuring device, but also many other functions such as contactless payment that Singapore and other cashless countries appreciate.
At the end of the day, as the pandemic progresses, it can become common to watch people put on multicolored PouchBANDs.
After all, there is more than enough space in the industry for PouchPASS.
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