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COVID-19
AUTHOR Zach Varwig

CONTACT TRACING AND COVID-19 TECHNOLOGY

Best Practices

Quickly identifying super spreaders and their downstream contacts is one of
the most effective ways in controlling spread in a population.
IN APRIL of 2020, I wrote an article for our Faith
Group blog titled " Searching for the Silver Bullet "
a post that sought to get a handle on what was
going on in the marketplace and how airports were
currently reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In writing this article for Airport
Business, I wanted to put pen to paper
to ref lect - what have we learned
almost six months later and what
was fundamentally missing from
our recommendations? Additionally,
and more importantly, what are the
technologies we have seen that have
worked and what does a post-pandemic
future look like for these technical
applications?
I think airports, like many customer
facing organizations, have had to deal
with COVID-19 from two perspectives
- the safety of the traveling public and
the safety of internal staff. We've seen
a significant amount of investment on
both sides of the industry, with varying
levels of deployment and unfortunately,
not a lot of measurable effectiveness
within the aviation industry.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ZACH VARWIG

Director of Technology and Innovation
- Zach Varwig leads the development
of innovative solutions, technology, and
strategy for Faith Group, with a focus on
Aviation clients. His expertise is rooted in
project management, technology impact
evaluation and operations analysis, along
with technology concept generation and
business case development. Zach has worked at 20+ Airports
nationwide, on a wide variety of projects and initiatives.

In Apr il, Faith Group was
advocating four dif ferent core
approaches that airport organizations
should consider to ensure the safety of
both their staff and passengers:
* Thermal Screening
* Touchless Travel
* Air Filtration
* Mask Requirements
These have been common sense
recommendations which have held true
throughout the pandemic. Faith Group
and the epidemiologist community as
a whole, has recommended a layered
approach for COVID management.
Findings have held true that prevention
is not enough and organizations also
need to be able to suppress the severity
of an outbreak. Airports must evaluate
how they not only reduce likelihood,
but also severity of an outbreak.
One of the key items that we had
not considered at the time was the
requirements for contact tracing within
an organization. As has been shown
by multiple COVID and infectious
disease models, quickly identifying
super spreaders and their downstream
contacts is one the most effective ways
in controlling spread in a population.
In March and April, it's was assumed
that contact tracing efforts would
be coordinated at a state and federal

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Contact Tracing Steps
w/ Digital Technology
FAITH GROUP LLC

governmental level, but now, the key
severity of outbreak reducer is also
the responsibility of airports and other
organizations.
Many large airports now have a
formal manual process in place, but what
are the contact tracing technologies out
there? There have been a lot of different
approaches, with multiple showing pros
and cons for deployment. They include:
* Phone Based
* External RFID and Bluetooth
* Video Analytics
* Access Control
Google and Apple both worked
on a smartphone based approach, but
at an organizational level, this just isn't
feasible. The accuracy of smart phone
based solutions just doesn't meet the
needs of organizations with multiple
individuals working indoors, or even



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Airport Business

Inside the Fence: Once in a Lifetime
Industry Update
Hindsight is 20/20
Remote Airport Deploys Open Platform Video to Monitor Facilities, Secure Operations, Connect wth Clients
Airport Guru: General Aviation Airports: A National Asset
Mitigating Public Safety Risks – Let's Fly Again!
Contact Tracing and COVID-19 Technology Best Practices
Cover Story: Less Touch, More Travel
Taking to the Sky in 2021
Are We Over Disinfecting Airports?
Airport Security in the Age of COVID
The New Norms of Aviation Catering
Safe and Secure Travel in the Age of COVID
Legal Matters: Single FBO Airports: Is There an Impermissible Exclusive Right? What Can You Do About It?
Product Profile: A Customizable Fueling Experience
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Airport Business - Inside the Fence: Once in a Lifetime
Airport Business - Industry Update
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Airport Business - Hindsight is 20/20
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Airport Business - Remote Airport Deploys Open Platform Video to Monitor Facilities, Secure Operations, Connect wth Clients
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Airport Business - Airport Guru: General Aviation Airports: A National Asset
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Airport Business - Mitigating Public Safety Risks – Let's Fly Again!
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Airport Business - Contact Tracing and COVID-19 Technology Best Practices
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Airport Business - Cover Story: Less Touch, More Travel
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Airport Business - Taking to the Sky in 2021
Airport Business - Are We Over Disinfecting Airports?
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Airport Business - Airport Security in the Age of COVID
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Airport Business - The New Norms of Aviation Catering
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Airport Business - Safe and Secure Travel in the Age of COVID
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Airport Business - Legal Matters: Single FBO Airports: Is There an Impermissible Exclusive Right? What Can You Do About It?
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Airport Business - Product Profile: A Customizable Fueling Experience
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