Be prepared to manage people flow when your facility reopens — this technology monitors crowd density and social distancing

by Brianna Crandall — April 27, 2020 — In an effort to help public venues safely re-open and address public concern over the spread of COVID-19, iinside, a provider of indoor motion analytics for airports and other public venues, today announced the release of iQueue SafeDistance, a free upgrade to its LiDAR-powered iQueue solution for monitoring and analyzing crowd density in public spaces.

Built on top of iinside’s iQueue technology used for monitoring and analyzing passenger flows at airport security checkpoints, the new iQueue SafeDistance utilizes precise 3D LiDAR to help airport, venue and facilities managers monitor and mitigate crowding and congestion, and maintain safe distancing within their facilities.

iinside’s motion analytics platform helps manage social distancing

iinside’s LiDAR-powered motion analytics platform can help manage crowd density and social distancing in heavy-traffic buildings. Image courtesy iinside

The company explains that LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology uses safe, invisible laser beams to detect objects both in motion and at rest. LiDAR is said to be more accurate than Bluetooth or Wi-Fi-based monitoring systems, and unlike video cameras, LiDAR not only safeguards personal identity, but also generates detailed three-dimensional (3D) spatial maps to precisely track object movement and spacing.

iQueue SafeDistance utilizes LiDAR sensors and 3D perception software from Quanergy, a worldwide provider of 3D LiDAR Flow Management solutions. LiDAR sensors are placed throughout venues and facilities to capture the data necessary for SafeDistance to predict or identify over-crowding and trigger an alert to venue and facilities managers. SafeDistance allows building management to monitor the effectiveness of customer spacing efforts 24/7 and take the necessary action to preserve safe distancing practices.

Sam Kamel, CEO of iinside, remarked:

We recognize that the world will be a very different place once shelter-at-home mandates are lifted and public venues re-open. We wanted to do our part to help restore the public’s confidence in going to the airport, a sports arena, or any other venue. By providing venue and facility managers with real-time crowd density information and predictive analytics, they can take immediate action to uphold proper social spacing. We also believe that making SafeDistance metrics available to the public will restore confidence in venues where indoor social distancing parameters are being properly maintained.

Utilizing iQueue SafeDistance, building and facilities managers can access historical heat maps that highlight zones where crowd spacing falls below configurable parameters, or track real-time spacing between passengers, customers, employees or sports fans to help manage safe social distancing.

The technology is now being offered at no cost to current iQueue customers, including Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Indianapolis International Airport, McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Miami International Airport, Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in Mississippi and San Jose International Airport.

For more information about the iQueue SafeDistance upgrade and how iinside’s indoor motion analytics are being used at various venues around the world, visit the company’s website.