Lincoln company launches social distancing device following £200K investment

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Following a £200,000 investment from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), Lincoln company Tended Ltd have recently launched a new safety device which helps staff to socially distance.

Tended’s social distancing device, Tended Hub, allows employers to monitor social distancing in the workplace, detecting the distance between devices with centimetre accuracy.

If employees come within a pre-set distance of others, their device will vibrate, notifying them to move to a safe distance.

Photo: Tended Ltd

The company secured the finance from First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans through MEIF, supported by the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).

The device can be worn on a lanyard, armband or clipped onto the user’s belt and is accompanied by an online dashboard, which logs distance breaches and their duration.

In the event of a COVID-19 diagnosis, employers can use the technology to reliably trace contacts to quickly contain a potential outbreak.

The social distancing and contact tracing device has already gained interest from over 400 businesses and Tended is currently working with industry-leading aircraft manufacturing and media organisations to help them continue their operations without compromising on employee safety.

Photo: Tended Ltd

Speaking of his latest invention, Leo Scott Smith, Founder and CEO of Tended Ltd, said: “The idea for the social distancing and contact tracing device came to me one night in lockdown after seeing the sheer number of companies that had to stop operating and send their workers home because they couldn’t effectively enforce safe distancing measures, costing businesses and the economy millions each day.

“We wanted to see if we could expand on our existing technology to help companies get back on their feet and manage safety measures.

“Our goal for Tended Hub was to develop an intelligent, innovative and highly-accurate social-distancing and contact tracing solution for the workplace.”

Matthew Wright, Investment Manager at First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans, said: “Leo is a fantastic inventor, and this new safety device can help businesses to navigate COVID-19 restrictions in the workplace.

“We are pleased to be able to support him on this latest expansion and look forward to seeing Tended Hub improve safety in the workplace and the benefits it will undoubtedly bring to businesses.”

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