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23 February 2021
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Social Distance Wearables are a solution with which companies can effectively and traceably protect their employees against COVID-19 infections. The TUM start-up KINEXON supplies the product: their SafeZone sensor technology warns employees with LED light markings and a signal tone as soon as the physical distance falls below the minimum distance.

After the successful pilot project, DB Schenker is now using the technology in its Neu-Isenburg logistics center as part of the company's own hygiene concept. Deutsche Bahn's logistics provider is already benefiting not only from an effective warning system, but also - if the worst comes to the worst - from the possibility of tracing infection chains by means of integrated software. Last but not least, this ensures an even faster ability to act: The potentially affected people can thus be informed immediately.

The figures speak for themselves: According to DB Schenker, within five days the number of critical contacts according to the RKI, meaning less than one and a half meters distance over a period of 15 minutes, was reduced by 100 percent. Likewise, the number of risky contacts, meaning less than one and a half meters distance over 60 seconds, was also reduced by 58 percent.

Originally, KINEXON designed its products for the sports and media industry when co-founder Oliver Trichera learned during a tour of the Allianz Arena how complicated motion analyses had been to create up to that point. This quickly developed into a business idea, and after the founding of KINEXON in 2012, success followed just two years later, when Wissensfabrik, Handelsblatt and UnternehmerTUM awarded KINEXON with the Weconomy Award as Germany's most innovative start-up.

Meanwhile, more than 300 companies worldwide are already using KINEXON's now world-leading digital solution for contact warning and tracing, including DB Schenker, Henkel, Oerlikon, NBA, NFL or Netflix. The joint project also reflects the strong network of UnternehmerTUM in a gratifying way: The project manager at DB Schenker is Finn Emmerich, alumnus of our Executive MBA in Innovation and Business Creation!

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