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Gunnebo launches social distancing manager for retail sector

The OccuLinq ensures that the number of customers in a physical space never exceeds a maximum limit


July 6, 2020
By SP&T Staff

Shoppers can feel safe from Covid-19 in stores, supermarkets and malls using OccuLinq, a high-tech occupancy management application launched  by Gunnebo.

The social distancing tools supports a safe shopping environment by providing automated occupancy control, ensuring the number of customers in a physical space never exceeds a maximum limit.

With Gunnebo’s OccuLinq software, retail managers enjoy real-time data on customer numbers at their fingertips. When a maximum occupancy level is reached, gates lock temporarily until another customer has left the store, after which a new customer is free to enter. Automated customer flow maximizes social distancing and thereby minimizes infection risk.

According to a statement, the OccuLinq platform provides live occupancy data direct to a mobile phone app, tablet or PC screen. The app works in combination with:

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  • OccuSense stereo cameras that count people without storing personal data, makingthem fully GDPR compliant.
  • OccuSign digital display to inform waiting customers of occupancy availability, while reassuring shoppers that the store takes their safety seriously
  • Access control speed gates that regulate the flow of customers.
  • Exit control to prevent shoplifters leaving the store without paying.

“We foresee increased demand for occupancy control solutions as the retail sector adapts to the new normal created by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Robert Hermans, SVP entrance control, Gunnebo, in a prepared statement. “OccuLinq now offers efficient and user-friendly occupancy control processes linked to the right of access, ensuring that social distancing measures are properly and safely enforced.”