How to Implement Social Distancing in Supermarkets to Avoid the Spread of COVID-19
Since the beginning of the pandemic, supermarkets have guaranteed the strictest health and safety measures to continue providing essential supplies to households around the world.
Big chains and small businesses alike have announced measures to reinforce security and avoid the possibility of contagion.
How supermarkets are enforcing social distancing
Two of the best health and safety measures tested during these times are reinforcing sanitation and social distancing measures in physical spaces. Studies show that keeping a distance of 1.5 to 2 meters from other people drastically reduces the probabilities of spreading the virus. It can be difficult to implement physical distancing in supermarkets if space is limited, or the distribution of products makes it impossible to keep a safe distance from others.
That’s why a social distancing alert system in each area of the supermarket is an essential tool for enforcing these safety measures.
Using technology, like a circuit of cutting-edge sensors, businesses can protect physical spaces by detecting high-risk interactions. Zenithal cameras track the customer journey and thermal cameras perform a coronavirus temperature check as customers enter the space. These systems don’t collect any personal data and always respect people’s privacy. By combining these technologies, you can detect which areas of the store have the highest risk of spreading the virus.
You can also integrate other types of sensors that control traffic to avoid overcrowding and guarantee that people respect supermarket social distancing. All of these elements can be coordinated using a software that reads the data. When an area of the store experiences a higher number of high-risk interactions than normal, the system will send a notification to a manager. If people aren’t respecting physical distancing, it can display social distancing tips in real time on digital signage screens.
Tech solutions that ensure social distancing rules for the supermarket protect customers from the moment they come in until the moment they leave.
At Beabloo, we created Interaction Care to study interactions that take place in physical spaces. This solution lets you redesign and optimize physical spaces to guarantee COVID-19 prevention measures in any business.
Interaction Care uses thermal cameras to measure people’s body temperatures as they enter a space, and zenithal sensors to measure distances between people. It uses a mask detection system. When detecting people are not wearing masks, the system will trigger a digital signage alert or send a notification. The solution also provides useful information about which zones experience the most high-risk interactions and need to be cleaned more frequently.