Special contact tracing devices for workers in certain sectors

4,000 Shell workers, visitors to get customised tokens that can be used safely in areas with flammable gases

A worker with a BluePass token on his wrist at a construction site in Tampines Industrial Avenue 2 last July. The device is designed to be strapped onto a person's wrist, so that it can be worn constantly to reduce electrostatic discharge. ST FILE PH
Shell employees with the modified BluePass tokens at the Pulau Bukom manufacturing site yesterday. A Shell spokesman said that the tokens will be distributed in phases, and if the pilot is successful, there are plans to expand the distribution to its other Shell sites in Singapore. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
A worker with a BluePass token on his wrist at a construction site in Tampines Industrial Avenue 2 last July. The device is designed to be strapped onto a person's wrist, so that it can be worn constantly to reduce electrostatic discharge. ST FILE PH
A worker with a BluePass token on his wrist at a construction site in Tampines Industrial Avenue 2 last July. The device is designed to be strapped onto a person's wrist, so that it can be worn constantly to reduce electrostatic discharge. ST FILE PHOTO
The BluePass token (left) and the TraceTogether token (right) both track close contacts by reading Bluetooth signal strengths. ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO
The BluePass token (left) and the TraceTogether token (right) both track close contacts by reading Bluetooth signal strengths. ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO

Shell has started a digital contact tracing pilot that involves the use of a customised Bluetooth token designed to work safely in areas where flammable gases are present.

Some 4,000 Shell process workers and visitors at its Pulau Bukom manufacturing site will receive the BluePass tokens, allowing them to be tracked everywhere at the site. Previously, digital contact tracing was not possible in areas with traces of flammable gases.

Please or to continue reading the full article.

Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month

  • Latest headlines and exclusive stories
  • In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content
  • Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months*

*Terms and conditions apply.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 12, 2021, with the headline 'Special contact tracing devices for workers in certain sectors'. Print Edition | Subscribe