Apr 21, 2021

ZeroKey: Safe Space drives continuity, productivity & safety

ZeroKey
DigitalFactory
Technology
Sponsored Content
Georgia Wilson
4 min
ZeroKey’s Real Time Location System (RTLS) helps organisations improve business continuity and productivity both during and post-COVID
Unified by one mission, to drive optimisation through digital transformation, ZeroKey Inc. delivers on an agile and flexible Real-Time Location System (RTLS) platform that harnesses the power of ultrasonics to digitize the 3D location of assets, personnel, and equipment across large industrial environments, down to the millimetre The technology can completely digitize functions like manual assembly processes and workflows, enabling dramatic efficiency gains and fewer process failures for industrial and manufacturing customers.
 
ZeroKey’s Smart Space solution is best described as a wide-area acoustics-based indoor positioning system. Kind of like GPS, but it works indoors where GPS signals cannot reach. Smart Space provides building-wide millimetre-level 3D tracking of objects using a coin-sized IIoT sensor that communicates with other sensors and gateways placed throughout a space. It sounds complicated, but at its core, Smart Space is a real-time tracking system, and the position data it generates is used in a variety of applications such as machine automation and navigation, anomaly detection and inventory tracking.
 
The shift towards Industry 4.0 or Factory of the future has shown that digitization can make machines, workflows and even people more efficient and resilient. More recently, and due in part to some feedback from existing customers, ZeroKey realized their core technology could help with another issue facing people and businesses worldwide: COVID-19.
 
The future of industrial safety with spatial intelligence
 
While having a safe working environment has never been a low priority for organisations, the pandemic has certainly emphasized the importance of ensuring employee safety in the workplace. The level of location accuracy and precision achieved by Smart Space is currently utilized in industrial settings to create alert zones, or track location in man down scenarios. So it wasn’t a big stretch to re-tool the existing technology to tackle the COVID-related challenges affecting employee safety and business continuity.
 
Enter Safe Space, ZeroKey’s wearable physical distancing and contact tracing solution that alerts users when physical distance requirements are not being maintained AND collects encrypted contact tracing data to support a rapid and purposeful response in the event of a COVID-19 case.
 
Whether you’re looking to return safely to working operations, safeguarding for potential future events or looking for actionable and contextual insights in operating environments, Safe Space and Smart Space can help organisations reinforce physical distancing policies, as well as track thousands of objects simultaneously and in real-time.
 
So how does Safe Space work?
 
ZeroKey’s patented RTLS platform powers the Smart Space (indoor positioning) system, while Safe Space isolates the RTLS measurement core to perform proximity detection to generate the contact tracing data.
 
Already being deployed by industrial customers globally in Canada, US, Europe, UK and Japan, Safe Space passively measures and stores distance data between other Safe Space devices nearby. Should two devices breach the minimum distance threshold, the devices notify the user via an audible alert, haptic vibration and flashing light.
 
The solution provides surgical level accuracy and contact tracing capabilities, enabling a more targeted approach to managing potential outbreaks, avoiding facility or building wide shutdowns and major business disruptions while keeping employee safety top of mind..
 
ZeroKey’s Safe Space solution is 100 times more accurate than comparable devices that rely on Bluetooth and features other advancements like military-grade security. Plus, when the pandemic is finally over, customers can recoup costs by redeploying the devices as part of ZeroKey’s Smart Space solution to optimise workflows and operations, reduce waste, and drive digital transformation on the floor.
 
The benefits of Safe Space
 
ZeroKey believes that businesses can protect their people and their bottom-line at the same time. 
 
Safe Space aims to simplify operational challenges by:
 
  • Harnessing innovative technology including, accurate proximity data using wide-area and millimetre-level 3D tracking, high-grade encryption, and an on-premises or in-cloud application server.
  • Generating automated reports to determine who has been in close proximity to a person infected with COVID-19
  • Eliminating reliance on error-prone human recollection
  • Minimising administrative overheads
To find out how your organisation can benefit from ZeroKey’s Safe Space wearable contact tracing and physical distancing solution, click here!

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May 10, 2021

Timeline: Tesla's Construction of Gigafactories

Automotive
Gigafactory
DigitalFactory
Sustainability
Georgia Wilson
3 min
Sustainable Manufacturing | Gigafactory | Electric Vehicles | EVs | Tesla | Smart Manufacturing | Automotive Manufacturing | Technology
A brief timeline of Tesla’s Gigafactory construction progress over the years, furthering its efforts in sustainable energy and electric vehicles...

Tesla's mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy

Founded in 2003, Tesla was established by a group of engineers with a drive to "prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric – that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than gasoline cars." Almost 20 years on, Tesla today is not only manufacturing all electric vehicles, but scaleable clean energy generation and storage too. 

"Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better," says Tesla. "Electric cars, batteries, and renewable energy generation and storage already exist independently, but when combined, they become even more powerful – that’s the future we want. "

Tesla Gigafactories

In order to deliver on its promise of "accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through increasingly affordable electric vehicles and energy products," Tesla's Gigafactory journey began in 2014 to meet its produciton goals of 500,000 cars per year (a figure which would require the entire worlds supply of lithium-ion batteries at the time).  

By ramping up its production and bringing it in-house, the cost of Tesla 's battery cells declined "through economies of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste, and the simple optimisation of locating most manufacturing processes under one roof." With this reduction in battery cost, "Tesla can make products available to more and more people, allowing us to make the biggest possible impact on transitioning the world to sustainable energy."

2014: Giga Nevada and Giga New York begin construction

Born out of necessity to meet its own supply demand for sustainable energy, Tesla began the construction of its first Gigafactory in June 2014, in Reno, Nevada, followed by its Buffalo, New York facility the same year. "By bringing cell production in-house, Tesla manufactures batteries at the volumes required to meet production goals, while creating thousands of jobs," said Tesla.

2016: Reno, Nevada grand opening

Tesla’s construction of Giga Nevada came to an end in 2016, the first of its Gigafactories to complete its construction project. The factory’s grand opening took place in July 2016, and by mid-2018 reached an annual battery production rate of 20 GWh, which made it the highest-volume battery plant in the world that year. 

2017: Giga New York begins production

Two years after Tesla’s second Gigafactory began construction, Giga New York was complete, and started its production operations in 2017.

2019: Giga Shanghai construction to production in record time

In 2019, Tesla selected Shanghai as its third Gigafactory location. The company constructed the factory in record time, taking just 168 working days from gaining permits to finishing the plant's construction.

2019: Giga Berlin begins construction

Announced in November 2019, Tesla began the construction of its first European Gigafactory in Berlin. The Gigafactory is still under construction.

2020: Giga Texas begins construction

The following year in August 2020, Tesla began the construction of its Giga Texas factory. The company’s third Gigafactory in the US is still under construction.

2021: Giga Texas and Giga Berlin expected completion of construction

Looking to the future, Tesla expects to complete the construction of its Giga Texas and Giga Berlin factories in May 2021 and July 2021 respectively.

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