Temperature checks and questionnaires are becoming more common as mandatory requirements for people to enter buildings and workplaces. As the school year draws nearer, one local tech company is hoping to make life during COVID-19 easier for everyone.
The solution out of Bucks County is called myWorkBadge. Creator Brian Kohler, who lives in Lower Bucks County, is the president of Automated Decision. The company creates mobile software products with a focus on work order management for electricians, plumbers, and similar professionals.
As the pandemic swept the nation, Kohler noticed an increase in demand for employers to know their employees were healthy. These essential employees needed an easy way to self-report their temperature and answer health questions to gain access to work sites.
This trend spread to government buildings as well. Trenton City Hall began temperature screening all employees and visitors this week. Visitors must answer a series of questions and employees have to fill out a questionnaire each morning before they can go into work.
Kohler saw an opportunity. If he could make this process virtual, it could save employees a ton of time each morning, not to mention paper.
Instead of just creating a checklist, he used the best services from Automated Decision to create myWorkBadge.
This new company merges a phone app with a desktop portal to help everyone keep better track of themselves. It also has a hardware aspect to link with the app.
With the app, an employee could fill out their compliance forms, check their temperature, and even store and access training materials and certificates all on their phones.
Then the portal would give employers direct access to see their employee’s results. This would give them greater oversight and make it easier to manage personnel.
The hardware comes in the form of a thermal kiosk. It serves the same purpose as having a guard at each entrance with a thermometer. But in several ways, it is more practical.
This contactless kiosk sits on a table, though there is a stand for flexibility.
“They serve one purpose,” Kohler explained. “You walk in front of it. It has a little display and its shows your thermal scan.”
After a countdown, it either gives a thumbs if the user does not have a fever, or an alert if they do. If the person has a fever, there may be additional screening policies to make sure they’re okay.
The service has generated thousands of users in the past month. Kohler says they’ve received no complaints so far.
And Kohler hopes to expand myWorkBadge to schools. He is in talks with several public and private schools in New York, who have already purchased at least 20 kiosks.
Guidelines for schools to reopen are more stringent in New York compared to Pennsylvania. With two kids in the Neshaminy School District, Kohler hoped these guidelines might trickle down to the Commonwealth to alleviate concerns he has about his children attending schools this fall.
Parents of younger children will be able to use the app to log their child’s temperature. They can also fill out any forms ahead of time to go into school.
Nurses reported to Kohler they loved the idea, noting general purposes outside of coronavirus. Parents taking their child’s temperature could alert them to any sickness and potentially prevent flu outbreaks.
More general information on myWorkBadge is available at their website here.