SEC announces it will use proximity devices this season to enhance COVID-19 tracing efforts
After seeing the NBA and NFL have so much good fortune when it comes to COVID testing and contact tracing, the Southeastern Conference would be foolish not to utilize some of the lessons learned from those leagues.
Well, the good news is the SEC plans to utilize a device used by the NFL to help stop the spread of COVID.
With the help of a company called KINEXON, the SEC plans to give players, coaches and personnel a device called SafeTags to wear this season.
The size of a watch, the SafeTags monitor who has been in contact with people that test positive for COVID.
“Through this new relationship with KINEXON, the SEC is committed to using innovative technology to provide solutions for use by our member institutions as we all work to support a healthy environment for student-athletes,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey in a statement. “KINEXON provides the SEC with a modern and effective solution to meet the unique contact tracing challenges associated with football.”
KINEXON Executive Vice President Jim Garofalo also issued a statement:
“SafeZone was created to meet the unprecedented challenges teams and leagues were facing while identifying solutions to return to play safely. By adopting our technology, the SEC remains at the forefront of innovation in college athletics. SafeZone will provide student-athletes with a proven modern approach to contact tracing.”
The SafeTags also help with contact tracing, as it is equipped with a red warning light when physical distancing guidelines are not being used properly by those wearing them.