Mr Bowen, a graduate of Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University, said IMERAI’s sensors worked in a  “similar way” and that they insured that any “identifying data is protected”.

The company, which was established in 2018 and is based in the city’s Business School Incubator, has begun hiring five new engineers.

IMERAI’s tech relies on micro-electro mechanical system microphones, or “MEMS”, which are widely used in mobile phones and smart home devices. The company uses the microphones to act as a base for its sensor to detect the layout of its surroundings.

“As the UK debates how to ease lockdown measures safely, this type of technology could be used to count how many people are present in an office location and how far apart they are to aid with social distancing and infection control,” Mr Bowen said.

He also described his technology as a potential “game changer” for those suffering with dementia as it could pick up deterioration in movements quickly.

While some companies have pushed to allow workers to remotely operate permanently, others have focused on figuring out ways to get people back to work.

Tech giant Salesforce unveiled a set of online tools for employers in May that would allow workers to reserve time to use lifts, fill out daily assessments of their health, and book in lunch breaks.

In construction, UK-based Wearable Link has developed technology that can flag to builders if they come too close to one another to abide by social distancing rules on site.