Israel’s SONARAX proposes an ultrasonic connectivity solution to reduce human-to-device contact in the workplace in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19 and future viruses.
In the wake of the notorious coronavirus, or COVID-19, one Israeli start-up company is pursuing a modern solution for limiting the spread of the virus at a time when Israel is beginning to reopen their economy, as well as other countries around the world.
Israel’s SONARAX, a start-up that specializes in ultrasonic connectivity solutions, is proposing a method for limiting human-to-surface interaction in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus and other future viruses. This method involves systems that relate to entrance access control, attendance verification, employee payment, etc. This tech can even account for social distancing via the use of an individual’s phone.
CCO for SONARAX, Nimrod May, told The Jerusalem Post, “We developed a very specific algorithm that allows the transfer of data over ultrasonic waves. The way that this is being done is by implementing a very simple, fast software development kit (SDK) … Instead of us putting our hands on a fingerprint module or swiping a card or punching something in, we basically implement our SDK on the employee’s mobile application, and this SDK communicates [with] the secretary’s simple desktop computer.”
As for entrance access control, SONARAX has implemented the use of ultrasonic keys that are coded “silent” audio messages that can be sent from the individual’s device to any electronic entrance keypad. When the person approaches the electronic keypad that normally they’d need to physically touch in some way, their device “plays an audio (ultrasonic) code that essentially is the virtual key.” Security is also maintained in that an ultrasonic key cannot be lost or stolen, but it can be deleted and replaced if necessary.
Regarding attendance verification and further avoiding the process of physical touch, they explain on their website:
Instead of tapping a personal employee code ID or placing a finger or hand on a biometric attendance reader, SONARAX’s solution relies only on the users’ mobile phones. The beauty of this solution is that it doesn’t require the ripping out and replacing existing systems. The ultrasonic solution integrates both to your hardware device as well as to your organization’s software mobileApps or online systems. This means that the implementation of the solution is quick and doesn’t break your CAPAX budget nor interrupts your business continuity. It allows for keeping the same business process workflows and simply replaces hands with mobile devices to communicate with your systems.
CCO Nimrod May elaborated on the modern need for technology like this, stating, “There’s so many normal behaviors that were common prior to the pandemic which are going to be changed due to the fact that people are going to be more concerned about interacting on different interfaces within the physical space. We came up with this whole suit of solutions for touchless use of our mobile phones as our third hands.”
This endeavor comes at a very unique time when the world is beginning to work its way out of the crisis of COVID-19. Israel has already taken its initial steps to reopen the economy and several other countries are following suit. With the safety and well-being of employees around the world as the main concern for businesses, what’s being offered by SONARAX may be a highly sought-after solution as companies and economies begin the rebuilding and prevention process.
It’s products like this that distinguish Israel as a leader in technology development on a global scale.