Because Virtual Badge is rapidly deployable and can create temporary badges that require COVID-19 wavier forms, JDS Development Group is easily able to issue, track, and validate a Virtual Badge for every worker at the 111 w57th St project every single day. As of January 2021, there have been more than 800 badges issued for the multi-year project. Virtual Badge provided easy to follow onboarding instructions which JDS Development Group sent to each worker prior to them arriving on-site.
Each worker is able to watch a youtube video that explains how to get a Virtual Badge, download the mobile app on either iOS or Android, and start their badge application. Each worker is able to get a badge that identifies that they work for both a) their contracting company and b) JDS Development Group, and each badge application requires the worker to upload a selfie photo, a photo of their government ID, and complete several COVID-19 waiver forms, including liability and attesting to zero symptoms.
Once completed, the JDS Development Group project team would approve or deny each badge, so that the worker can have his badge ready before they arrive. When workers arrive at the construction site, a site supervisor or security guard scans the QR code on each worker’s Virtual Badge, checking them in for the day, and when they leave, each worker gets checked-out. This provides a daily man-count report that shows who entered, what company they worked for, and how long they stayed. JDS Development Group can use this data to provide to other stakeholders to discuss ways to become more efficient, and can also use this data for contact tracing purposes if someone were to get sick. While the contact tracing hasn’t been required at 111 West 57th St, it has been used successfully at other construction job-sites to keep the project open.