Stoplight System Helps Retailers Maintain Social Distancing

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Stoplight System Helps Retailers Maintain Social Distancing

Deutsche Telekom has announced a new traffic light system to regulate social Distancing to shops. The solution consists of two columns, which are positioned to the right and left of the door with a maximum distance of five meters. Sensors detect when a customer enters or leaves the sales area.

When the maximum number of visitors is reached, the system switches to a red warning signal. If this is ignored, an alarm is triggered, and an employee is informed via smartphone. The solution can continue to be used even after the pandemic, as it displays the respective business load broken down by time of day and day of the week, making personnel planning much easier, for example.

Retailers around the globe are breathing sighs of relief because they are finally being allowed to reopen their stores. But the new daily routine still requires compliance with the applicable hygiene rules. Business owners must ensure that the rules of distance are observed on their premises. An access light from Deutsche Telekom posted at the entrance can reliably regulate entry.

Businesses now need reliable solutions for the new daily routine in the corona period,

says Rami Avidan, Senior Vice President IoT, Deutsche Telekom.

The access traffic light helps them to provide the best possible health protection for their customers.

The traffic light principle is easy to understand. If a customer enters or leaves the business premises, the solution counts. When the maximum number of visitors is reached, it switches to red. If a customer ignores the signal, the system sounds an acoustic alarm. An employee is informed via his smartphone. On the business premises themselves, the solution makes it easier to comply with the distance rules thanks to limited access. This means that the owner does not need to employ additional staff for this.
But the IoT solution does not only help in times of crisis. In principle, it offers businesses great advantages by creating transparency with regard to the flow of visitors in the store. It visualizes the utilization of capacity by time of day and day of the week. Businesspeople can plan more precisely, for example, how many staff are needed at what time, or when it is the best time for employees to fill shelves or clean the cold store.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Deutsche Telekom

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