Software helps retailers maintain social distancing

  • May 12, 2020
  • imc

Big-data management and tracking technology firm Software Farm has developed software to help retailers maintain social distancing using thermal imaging and a smart people counter.

The UK company is to start installing Sintuitive, a failsafe automated occupancy controller for businesses, from next week.

Sintuitive is fast-tracked software that allows businesses to operate within the social distancing guidelines by the real-time counting of footfall in and out of premises using a thermal imaging camera and an automated smart display at the entrance to control occupancy levels.

The integrated software and hardware can be scaled to suit any environment from a high-street bakery or restaurant to a supermarket chain or office block.

The system has been designed to be a value asset beyond any social distancing rules by providing on site customisable marketing messaging and deep analytics.

“Our team have been working night and day to develop software and test components to create a complete solution that we hope will help unlock a lot of businesses by automatically managing their footfall,” said Software Farm manager Brad Thurston. “We have already been approached by several multiples. At its basic level, though, it can be self-installed by smaller independents so we are hoping we have the solution for all.”

Software Farm, headquartered in Gloucestershire, is also working in partnership with hospitality company Polaris Elements on bringing order-and-pay-at-table software to the market by the start of July, in response to a surging demand by pub and restaurant chains.

Called the Magic Table, it will enable customers to use their own phone to scan a QR code on tables and then place an order that transmits directly to the bar and kitchen via a tablet or through EPoS software. It reduces staff contact and eliminates the need to touch any kind of paper menu.