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Sensors could unlock challenge of social distancing for restaurants

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A monitoring control software specialist is launching a new piece of tech that could help hospitality businesses manage social distancing.

With the two-metre ruling set to impact the way that restaurants and kitchens operate in the coming months, Suffolk-based Sypro thinks it could have a solution for one of the biggest challenges the industry faces.

Through solutions offered by Smart Building Technology, the company says it can help hospitality businesses manage social distancing by ensuring spaces are being used in a safe way.

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Sensors installed through IP camera feeds can monitor spaces through intelligent sensing algorithms ensuring that rooms are not over-occupied.

A traffic light system then allows managers to monitor people entering and leaving a venue and if the number of people in a room exceeds safety levels, the system will provide an alert.

The system can recognise body shapes but not individuals, so privacy can be maintained at all times.

Jonathan Harlock, managing director of Sypro, said: “The hospitality sector is vital for the UK economy but one of the toughest to monitor. This technology can ensure that sensible precautions are taken to get the industry back on its feet while protecting the health of patrons and staff.”

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