News: New Zealand Government sponsors SaferMe to provide free contact tracing to all New Zealand businesses

Comparison table of the best practice systems being used by businesses

Let's recap why SaferMe is the most efficient and effective option

Visitor management systems: FAIL

These systems, as a rule, do not create a secure contact table for each employee. Because these systems are fixed-in-place at entry points, and they are not moving with each worker, it is also difficult to automate contact tracing. Responding before a positive result is also difficult. They will however provide lists of visitors and people on site at a given time & date, which will be of minor use. These systems can also lead to a significant amount of false positives.

Bluetooth wearables & beacons: FAIL

If you avoid thinking about the cost and time delay of rolling these out - a significant impediment - bluetooth systems also have other drawbacks. Importantly, bluetooth systems do not usually cater for manual logging of worker contacts, nor do they create a personalised contact record for the worker. To do this, other software like SaferMe will still need to be integrated with. Significant configuration is also required. There is also risk of the bluetooth system being obsolete quickly. Software by contrast, can be updated remotely without reinstallation costs.

Public contact tracing apps: FAIL

The major issue for a business in relying on the government contact tracing apps (when these do exist) is the inability to get ahead of a positive test result. Government apps release information AFTER confirmation of COVID-19. This can often take 4-10 days from the first symptom. During this high infection time-period, other workers can be infected too, requiring the whole site to be shut down as a precaution. By contrast, with a business focused solution like SaferMe, team managers can respond early to those workers with symptoms. Team managers can use the worker's contact table, to advise other at risk workers to stay home until after the test result is returned. This reassures employees that a professional process is in place - a system built to stop the spread at work.

Paper & manual form systems: FAIL

Paper. Let's not go there. For large businesses in particular, paper and form based entry systems are very difficult to administer. For businesses that try this, they quickly find a number of problems: team members typically do not comply with filling in forms after the first week; when a suspected COVID-19 case is reported, it's very difficult for the worker's manager to filter and advise the right people to stay home. This slow response leads to reinfection and site shutdowns. Why? With a paper/manual system, when a positive test result comes in, it is common for workers not to come into work at all - despite cleaning and precautions - often sites need to be shut down.

Why is SaferMe different?

By combining manual tracing (for outside contractors and visitors) with automatic geo-enabled contact tracing, your business can drastically reduce administration and respond with speed. Because SaferMe is easy to use, you can respond before a positive COVID-19 test result happens. SaferMe allows you to identify those workers that should stay home from work, before a significant outbreak in your workforce.

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