The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded VOS Systems a contract to produce, deploy and maintain the AlertTrace contact tracing system.

Digital contact tracing technology at USAF bases will enable quick data-based decision-making to safeguard the health of airmen.

AlertTrace wearables are ruggedised ‘Bluetooth low-energy’ devices. They are designed to help reduce the spread of viral infection.

These devices ‘actively detect other wearables within a customised range’, registering it as a contact.

The data derived ensures quick and accurate notification of those who are at most risk after testing positive for Covid-19.

AlertTrace allows for improved mission readiness, keeping airmen who have not been exposed at their posts and allowing strategic quarantine of only the required members.

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AlertTrace sales and marketing vice-president Elena Fraser said: “The USAF highly values providing airmen with the tools and technology needed to do their jobs safely while maintaining individual privacy. That is where we come in.

“AlertTrace is proud to partner with the airforce to provide the simplest, most scalable and reliable technology for contact tracing.”

Leveraging optimised Bluetooth instead of global positioning system (GPS), AlertTrace wearables gather contact tracing information without collecting any data with respect to location.

VOS Systems executive director Richard Allen said: “We are humbled to have been chosen and look forward to providing mission-critical technologies to the United States Air Force both now and in the future.

“Past deployments of AlertTrace have shown improvements of more than 80% in adherence to Covid-19 guidelines while cutting down the time needed to do contact tracing by 99%.

“Providing the USAF with the expertise required to keep daily operations moving while safeguarding their most significant assets is our honour.”