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How Countries have Advocated Social Distancing Regulations
How the Retail Sector has Reacted to Social Distancing Regulations
- Limit the number of in-store customers.
- In-store social distancing markers, barriers, and floor tape to remind customers to maintain the advised distance.
- Invest in protective equipment such as acrylic screens at checkout counters.
- Enhance cleaning practices, and provision of hand sanitizer for customers.
- Increase upper-limits on contactless payments.
Individual supermarkets have introduced their own policies to keep customers at an appropriate distance. At the same time, an increasing number of supermarket chains have adopted IP surveillance and business intelligence systems to reduce the load on manual management while also mitigating the risk of both employee and customer infection on their premises.
Video Analytics During COVID-19
Under the social distancing practices of supermarkets noted above, there are 4 video analytic techniques that are commonly deployed to take precautionary measures.
- Queue Management
Queue management was designed to optimize customer experiences and reduce wait times. During the pandemic, queue management is focused on managing customer flows and avoiding physical queues to maintain social distance.
- People Counting
In response to the needs of entry-control management, a people-counting solution is the ideal video analytic tool for supermarket chains. It can easily identify occupancy levels and monitor in real-time the number of people entering and exiting a store, thereby providing customers and staff with a safer environment.
- Crowd Detection
Crowd Detection video analytics can be used to identify how many people are present in a given area. Stores and businesses can then effortlessly manage and maintain distances between customers, automatically sending alert notifications when maximum capacity is exceeded.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Detection
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is equipment that can protect the user against health or safety risks. These items include safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility garments, safety footwear and so on. During the COVID-19 pandemic, advanced video analysis can identify people who are not wearing masks, hardhats, vests or other critical equipment, providing a safe and healthy environment for both frontline workers and customers.
Smarter is Safer: Crowd Control Solutions
- Social Distancing Compliance
Putting safety first, implementing VIVOTEK’s Crowd Control Solution enables effective management of crowds in places where social distancing must be upheld.
- High Accuracy
When retailers recruit security staff or part-time employees to manually count traffic this leads to a less than satisfactory result. VIVOTEK’s 3D counting camera provides precise tracking and a counting accuracy up to 98%. This accuracy is further increased by the ability to transfer large datasets.
- Real-time Analytics
Combining AI with deep-learning analytics, video data can be gathered, analyzed, and applied in real-time, enabling retail businesses to respond promptly to any change.
- Lowered Risk of Infection
The deployment of VIVOTEK’s Crowd Control Solution also means a minimization of physical contact, providing both customers and employees a safer working and shopping environment.