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Crowd prevention system uses smart pole to create safer beaches

Omniflow’s technology analyses how busy the beach is and shows real-time occupancy levels on the pole or an app so a user can make an informed decision about where to go.

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Omniflow uses smart pole and AI technology to try to prevent overcrowded beaches
Omniflow uses smart pole and AI technology to try to prevent overcrowded beaches

A smart pole that determines the occupancy and related safe distance of beach areas is soon to be deployed in the Algarve region of Portugal.

 

As well as evaluating and showing the number of beach goers at any time, it also informs the public of best practice to ensure a “safe beach season” when lockdown measures are relaxed.

 

Smart pole

 

The solution uses smart pole base technology from Omniflow that generates its own energy through the sun and wind and stores it via built-in batteries. The aim is for the poles to be as sustainable and trouble-free as possible which will facilitate implementation both in terms of infrastructure required and time for deployment.

 

The smart pole, that already features smart lighting and telecommunications’ features, will be equipped with artificial intelligence and sensors to assess occupancy of an entire beach or specific areas.

The smart pole generates and stores its own energy via the sun or wind
The smart pole generates and stores its own energy via the sun or wind
A traffic light system allows beach goers to identify if a beach is full
A traffic light system allows beach goers to identify if a beach is full

This information will be presented on a low power visual screen at the base of the pole, situated at the entrance to the beach. Beach goers can then choose an area of beach that is less densely populated.

When a zone exceeds a pre-defined limit, a red light will show on the screen and will be accompanied by an audio warning message that the area is full

Information can also be transmitted to an app where the user can access the occupancy in real time as well as see historical data of hourly populations.

 

When a zone exceeds a pre-defined limit, a red light will show on the screen and will be accompanied by an audio warning message that the area is full and beach goers should head to a quieter area. The audio system can also be programmed to emit warning signals for safe social distancing.

 

As an option, the system can also be equipped with a module for contactless body temperature scanning and hand sanitiser gel.

 

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