Canadian Manufacturing

Manufacturing collective unveils new technology for social distancing

The Social Distancer is a credit-card size, one-inch thick patent-pending device that calculates the distance between employees

April 23, 2020  by CM Staff

PHOTO: Social Distancing Technologies Inc.

MONTREAL – As workers across North America in manufacturing, warehouse and food processing continue to execute projects amid COVID-19, working environments and basic human nature can make it difficult for them to follow recommended physical distancing standards.

Watching their own employee base navigate these issues, three manufacturing veterans, Jarred Knecht (Promark Electronics Inc), as well as John Soares and Steve Zimmermann (CMP Advanced Mechanical Solutions), united their companies’ expertise and co-founded Social Distancer Technologies Inc., to create, with support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP), the Social Distancer, a wearable product designed to provide workers with a means to easily maintain a safe two meter distance between one another.

“It’s our responsibility to keep our employees safe at all times, and especially during this outbreak,” said Jarred Knecht, co-founder and COO of Social Distancer Technologies Inc. and president of Promark Electronics Inc, in a prepared statement. “But most workers have to interact collaboratively with one another at some point in their day, and it can be difficult to maintain physical distancing practices. The Social Distancer was developed as an easy solution for workers to continue their projects while maintaining proper safety standards during COVID-19.”

The Social Distancer is a credit-card size, one-inch thick patent-pending device that calculates the distance between employees. It has three methods of alert — visual, vibration and tone — to instantly notify employees. If employees are within 2.5 meters of one another, the device will flash red, vibrate and audibly alert the employees to move farther away.


“With the Social Distancer, employees can go on with their workday without the need for any awkward conversations, unexpected proximity issues, or discrepancy about what exactly six feet is,” said John Soares, co-founder and VP of Social Distancer Technologies Inc. and EVP of CMP Advanced Mechanical Solutions, also in a statement.

According to the company website, the Social Distancer lasts 10-12 hours on a single charge, which is the duration of one full shift.