More security for associations in times of pandemic
Water polo player Tobias Preuß already knows the procedure. Every few days, the national player and DSV athlete spokesman for Waspo 98 Hannover receives a message on his smartphone reminding him that a new Corona test is due. This is the only way he can get access to the training facility. The NOVA app, which was launched by the technology company RLE INTERNATIONAL together with partners as part of the hygiene alliance, has proven its worth for organising the tests at the national base in Hanover.
The user can book a test via the programme and receives the corresponding test certificate. In case of a negative result, the rapid test status is automatically transmitted and access is granted at all check-ins (in sports facilities, museums, restaurants, etc.) within the validity period. In the case of a positive result, the app initiates immediate contact follow-up, helping to optimise and digitise reporting chains.
A wide range of possibilities
With its diverse possibilities, the NOVA app is an important building block for resuming sports operations. “The RLE concepts and solutions provide additional security for access to the training site,” says DSV President Marco Troll. “The systems give us the possibility to reduce the contact group to the actual contact persons. This containment option allows us to maintain training operations. We are therefore very happy that we have found a cooperation partner in RLE, who will support us with their years of know-how in the areas of IT, engineering and construction and enable us to provide our clubs and the pool operators with the much-needed solutions.”
Pilot project in Hanover
With incidence figures rising again, the solution is more topical than ever. “The NOVA app can be a building block to enable re-entry into club-based sport in a safe way despite the ongoing pandemic,” says Troll. A predecessor version has already been successfully tested since autumn 2020 in cooperation with the DSV and the Lower Saxony Swimming Association. The experiences of the users were then incorporated into the further development of the app. It has been available in the App Store and Google Play Store since April.
“Our constant willingness to innovate and the transfer of technology from the mobility sector to other industries and applications are part of our core competence in the area of research and development. The pilot project with the German Swimming Association shows us how broad this range can be in times of the
pandemic. We also see our contribution in the future in the ever-evolving technologies and digitalisation,” Ralf Laufenberg, CEO of the RLE INTERNATIONAL group of companies, explains.
Together with its partners, the German Swimming Association is constantly looking for innovative solutions to cope with the pandemic and to maintain sporting activities even in times of corona. In addition to the NOVA app, the hygiene station designed by RLE, which is already being used in a pilot project at the federal base in Hanover, also contributes to this. With entrance control, mask recognition and temperature measurement, the smart column reduces the risk of access by infected persons to the training facility to a minimum and also ensures contact tracking. “With RLE as a partner, we have succeeded in digitalising the processes and making the operation of the base considerably safer,” says DSV base manager Holger Rähse. When using the hygiene station, there is no need for staff to keep lists, manually check the body temperature of the visitors and thus be exposed to a further risk of infection. All systems have the highest security standard for encrypted data collection and are DSGVO-compliant.
Report by Philip Häfner