drop in passenger traffic at many airports around the globe continues to set
new record lows. According
to the Transportation Security Administration, less than 100,000 people
went through airport checkpoints in the United States on Monday, compared to nearly 2.6 million
on that day last year.
with those low numbers, airports are still working to ensure those who are
traveling are maintaining the recommended 6-foot distance to mitigate the
spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. And of course that will only become a more
challenging issue once travel restrictions are lifted and airport traffic picks
address this concern, motion analytics company iinside has developed a way to use
its technology to measure the average distance between people in security lines
and the length of time they remain at that distance.
“Everything’s being turned upside down by this virus, and
we’re doing things we never thought we’d have to do. So this is the same technology
applied in a completely unexpected way,” says Sam Kamel, CEO of iinside.
“We want to [give] the public the confidence that it
will be safe to travel again.”
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Known as SafeDistance, the service is being
rolled out for free to iinside’s airport customers that are already using its 3D
LiDAR laser beam technology to manage passenger flow at security checkpoints.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Indianapolis International Airport,
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Baltimore-Washington International
Airport, Miami International Airport, Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International
Airport in Mississippi and San Jose International Airport.
the company will give the airports hourly summaries of trailing data for each
of their security checkpoints, with a score based on both the average distance between
people in line and for how long that distance was maintained.
In the next phase, Kamel says iinside will work with airports to develop
dashboards and heat maps showing real-time data. And since iinside’s existing
LiDAR detection system is focused on a defined distance around checkpoints,
Kamel says as traffic picks up there may be airports that want to add additional
sensors to monitor distancing in other parts of their facilities.
also believe that making SafeDistance metrics available to the public will
restore confidence in venues where indoor social distancing parameters are
being properly maintained,” he says.