WiST unveils sensory tracking devices

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WiST has unveiled sensory tracking devices that could simplify banking, improve asset management, health services and security, and even help prevent rhino poaching.

This is according to Gert Botha, CEO of WiST SA, who adds that WiST sensors, which use near field communication technology, can give companies the ability to know the state of their assets, even though they are not present. He says this is because WiST sensors provide real-time, location-based sensory data.

The company explains that WiST tags have sensors, and can take the form of a credit card, wristband, pendant, or watch, and can be built into businesses assets. Botha adds that the devices can also be attached to personal assets, loved ones and even pets.

The WiST sensor updates to a remote database with data from all the users' sensors. This data can then be accessed securely online.

According to Botha, in addition to real-time location data, the tags can provide temperature and heartbeat information, and can even measure impact. He says, for this reason, WiST devices can be implemented in many everyday functions, including banking, asset management, crime prevention, medical care and retail.

The sensors can be used to ensure identity and in this way authenticate financial transactions, according to the company. It adds that because the sensors are GPS-enabled, they can track assets and monitor their location in real-time. This means the sensors can be used for logistics as well as preventing crime.

In addition, the devices can also be used for insurance purposes. According to the company, if vehicles fitted with WiST sensors are involved in a collision, the device can measure the point and degree of impact.

Botha adds that the senor can also be programmed to alert people, through their mobile devices, that the vehicle has been in a collision. He argues that this could enable ambulances to arrive on the scene of an accident sooner.

The technology can also be used to track rhinos in real-time, whereas previous technologies would update six to nine times a day. He adds that the WiST sensors are able to detect important indicators, including heartbeat or body tilt, which he argues will let game rangers act proactively in instances of poaching.

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