Coronavirus brings new wave of workplace surveillance


The rush to incorporate greater safety from the coronavirus is bringing with it a new wave of workplace surveillance as companies install tracking software to determine who may have been exposed and which areas need deep cleaning if an employee gets infected; monitor social distancing; and use Bluetooth beacons embedded in badges to locate employees.

Companies are also installing thermal cameras to take employees' temperature as they enter the workplace or public area. Companies are also working to improve air quality.

Critics suggest these technical solutions will exacerbate existing inequalities for those already under substantial surveillance such as delivery drivers and warehouse and call centre workers. Vendors include Siemens subsidiary Enlighted, Senseware, Landing AI, Microshare, and Kaiterra.


Writer: Caren Chesler
Publication: Wired UK