Veli Band - The wearable hand band startup to help maintain social distancing

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The wearable hand band developed by The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM-K) sends out alarm when you get too close to another person.

The device known as The Veli Band has been developed by Qual5 India Pvt.Ltd, a startup co-founded by a woman entrepreneur, mentored and funded by IIMKs business incubator and entrepreneurship development centre, LIVE, an IIM-K press release said.

Veli Band helps implement social distancing and location/contact tracing which can help organisations comply with social distancing norms during the current pandemic situation.

The device, to be worn on the wrist, can anonymously keep track of interactions with other devices and thus not only help in maintaining a safer workplace but also aid in tracking employee movements in real time.

The band comes with a rechargeable battery and uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology for detection.

Kiranmayee Mallepaddi and Srinivasan Arumugam, co-foundersat Qual5, said the device provides information on which bands/employees have violated the set norms, as this information can help in contact tracing if need be in COVID-19 positive scenarios.

The data can also be used to monitor crowded areas to take necessary precautionary actions,they added.