San Diego-based mobile brand management developer Total Communicator Solutions Inc., and Gimbal, a former Qualcomm subsidiary specializing in context-aware and proximity platforms, have integrated their technologies in a research project in workplace wellness.

The project, named Project Boundary, has been conceptualized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) IDEA Lab and the Office of the National Coordinator.

Project Boundary features a mobile application powered by Total Communicator Solutions’ Spark Compass platform that incorporates the Gimbal platform. The platform includes proximity beacons with Apple’s iBeacon technology to deliver timed and contextually relevant triggers in order to encourage the adoption of healthy behaviors within the workplace. It hopes to explore added dimensions to the field of workplace wellness and seeks to gamify the interactions of the employees.

The app will send personalized messages to help workers make healthier choices throughout the day such as choosing nutritious items from the vending machine and drinking water eight times a day. Users will score points based on their choices. For example, beacons installed near elevators will send messages to individuals waiting for the elevator to take the stairs instead, and assign points for those that do.

“Our project is an exploration of the following design intent – how might we better engage users within the bounds of where they are, and what they do over the course of a regular day at work, and get them to do just a little bit more toward benefiting their health,” said Nag Murty, the innovator-in-residence at the HHS IDEA Lab.

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