As we all know, COVID-19 is contagious and spreads easily! To reduce contamination, RIVM and the government advised people to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters. In an attempt to ensure that, the Amsterdam-based company SmartEagle, a spin-off from IoT company Evalan, has developed a solution for social distancing – The Distance Sensor.
According to the company claims, the distance between people is measured with a network of optical SmartEagle sensors. Each sensor measures the number of persons and the distance between them. The data from the different sensors are combined to validate that the mutual distance meets the requirements.
Notably, the results are immediately available through the dashboard and various messaging services. This solution can be integrated into crowded places, including offices, shops, schools, theaters, and other (public) venues.
One of the major advantages of the sensors is that they can directly measure the number of people on location, without the people having to carry a smartphone or other device.
The SmartEagle Distance Sensor is easy to install on the ceiling since it is wireless and provides real-time measurement results. Apart from measuring social distancing, the sensor can also serve other purposes, such as finding free workplaces.
Arend van de Stadt, CEO of SmartEagle:
“We made our existing solution for finding free workplaces and monitoring occupancy with a small adjustment suitable for monitoring the distance of 1.5 meters. In busy places within the office environment, such as in the canteen and at the reception, it can be monitored whether the rule is still being observed. Notification to the people present can make it clear that they have to take more distance or better come back later. “
Founded in 2018, SmartEagle provides Smart Sensing solutions for smart buildings and real estate companies. The Dutch company uses its artificial intelligence (AI) software to develop smart building applications in combination with the Internet of Things (IoT).
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