San Diego company says their technology can track social distancing

Posted at 7:15 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 22:15:13-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- As local businesses prepare to reopen amid the Coronavirus pandemic, one San Diego company says they are able to utilize technology to help with social distancing guidelines.

FastSensor measures customer engagement for rate of investment and has been operational since 2013, according to Kalon Welch, the co-founder and executive vice president of business development.

With the current health crisis, the company utilized and adjusted existing technology to help businesses keep better track of customers. Using its sensors, FastSensor ADAM (Active Distant Alert and Monitoring) gives “up-to-the moment data on the proximity and concentration” of people within a location, according to the company’s website.

“We’re within a 1.5 to two-meter accuracy range, which is well within the guidelines for social distancing measurements. We can determine if you’re too close,” Welch said.

When asked about privacy, Welch said the “signals are being emitted anonymously and passively.”

“There’s no way to tie them back to an individual,” Welch said. “We are not able to determine who it is or tie any data back to them.” He emphasized that the technology complies with all privacy laws, both in the United States and internationally.

Welch said several businesses have already signed on with FastSensor ADAM and they are getting interest from around the world.

“We’ve had inquiries from people in India, people in Europe, people in Latin America. We’re looking at measuring transportation hubs for large countries. At the other side of that, we’re looking at supporting local small businesses. We’re trying to get their doors open safely,” Welch said.

“We’re not the be all and end all for a solution, but we definitely have a solution,” said Mary Soriano, one of the company’s shareholders.

“You can’t be everywhere at all times to watch everybody. So let the technology do it for you,” Welch added.

The cost starts at roughly $100 per month. It cost more as more sensors are needed for larger businesses. There is no long term contract tied to the ADAM system.

FastSensor is currently donating 10 percent of its revenue from this system to healthcare workers fighting COVID-19.