Government makes contact tracing free for New Zealand businesses

7 May 2020 · Mike Steere

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Contact tracing

SaferMe is pleased to announce we’ve received funding from the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment (MBIE COVID-19 Innovation Fund) to develop our business-specific contact tracing for New Zealand companies.

The mobile app-based solution will be offered for free in NZ; with only project management and support hours charged if required. Small NZ businesses who wish to manage their own onboarding won’t pay a cent.

SaferMe’s CEO & Founder Clint Van Marrewijk says the company is delighted to play a role in helping New Zealand recover from Covid-19.

“Contact tracing will be a key part of helping prevent Covid-19 outbreaks for some time to come. We’ve seen already that businesses are environments where clusters can occur, so we help organisations react with speed to reduce this risk.”

“This support from MBIE allows us to offer the software free to small businesses. We’re proud to do that because we know many SMBs are facing challenging economic times.“

“Contact tracing helps a business protect workers and customers, and identify those most at risk when symptoms are reported. SaferMe’s GDPR compliant system also provides assurance to workers that their location data is not being passed to their workplace.” 

Business has an important role to play in contact tracing, both to protect the health and safety of its people, and to prevent development of clusters at a community level.

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