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Social distancing tools launched for safer travel at airports

Veovo is introducing virtual queuing and passenger density solutions which make use of movement monitoring and machine learning to provide airports with live situational awareness.

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The tools aim to monitor crowd density and maintain safe distancing airport-wide
The tools aim to monitor crowd density and maintain safe distancing airport-wide

Airport technology specialist Veovo is introducing social distancing solutions that will help to monitor crowd density and maintain safe distancing.

 

The Virtual Queueing and Passenger Density Management solutions use movement monitoring and machine learning to offer real-time and predictive passenger density and movement insights, for better live situational awareness and future planning at airports around the world.

 

International travel

 

There is a great deal of discussion around how international travel can return to a new normal with Covid-19 lockdowns beginning to ease. One of the factors that will influence the pace at which flying restrictions will be lifted is likely to be heavily influenced by airports’ ability to implement physical distancing measures. Veovo’s latest tools are designed to monitor crowd density and maintain safe distancing airport-wide.

 

Veovo’s Virtual Queueing solution enables travellers to pre-book a time slot for processing at airport checkpoints, rather than having to wait in line.

 

It enables airports to control queue entry, preventing too many people from congregating in one area and evenly distributing passengers across the airport’s checkpoints. Available time slots are adjusted in real-time, based on queue wait times, changing arrival patterns and processing capacity so that passengers show up at the optimum time.

 

Veovo’s Passenger Density Management solution monitors crowd density in queues and spaces across the terminal, enabling airports to take action if social distancing limits are at risk of being breached.

 

The solution bundles location analysis from various Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, with machine learning and an alert framework, to give a detailed view of how people move and dwell. From typical crowding zones like check-in and security to areas like gates and concessions, it continuously monitors and analyses movement to highlight the degree of risk in real-time.

"Having worked with busy airports like JFK, Amsterdam and Auckland, in smoothing passenger journeys, we understand the enormous challenge the industry currently faces in supporting physical distancing."

Live heatmaps and dashboards provide operators with a reliable breakdown of the current situation, triggering tailored alarms and automated actions if density thresholds, based on current guidelines (for instance 6ft, 1-2m), are exceeded.

 

"Having worked with busy airports like JFK, Amsterdam and Auckland, in smoothing passenger journeys, we understand the enormous challenge the industry currently faces in supporting physical distancing," said James Williamson, CEO of Veovo.

 

"To safely manage crowding, operators need accurate, timely data. By accommodating new social distancing needs in our solution, we enable safe and proactive planning to reduce crowds and to make sanitation and disinfection programmes more effective."

 

Crowd limiting

 

Recommendations to limit crowding can include capping entry to busy escalators or stairwells, adjusting security lane openings, changing call-to-gate times, updating digital signage, or distributing gate and baggage belt allocations.

 

The insight also helps operators improve the responsiveness of sanitation service providers, directing teams to where cleaning is most needed.

 

Besides real-time insights, the Veovo platform also includes predictive capabilities that not only help operators manage crowding in real-time but also plan for days, weeks and months ahead. It offers detailed insights into people’s movement habits, and how factors like time of day or day of the week, or other events, affect passenger behaviour.

 

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