Three ways to kickstart your “new normal” using IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is at the forefront of our fight against Covid-19. Connected devices can help us to minimise contact points and reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus. Find out which IoT sensors could help your business return to a new normal.

Over the last few weeks, businesses have started to reopen with social distancing in place. Additional risk assessments have been carried out and steps have been taken to ensure that employees and visitors stay safe and well.

Many of these safety measures mean that extra staff members are on hand to monitor capacity, keep things clean and ensure that everybody is following the government guidelines. Having more employees working, and fewer customers allowed into venues at any one time, could be a problem for smaller businesses.

We’re taking a look at some of the ways that IoT can help your business adapt to the new normal:

1. Capacity Monitoring

Many indoor businesses, such as shops, bars/restaurants and gyms now have limited capacity based on social distancing rules. For larger companies such as supermarkets, having a person standing at the entrance to manage the queue isn’t such a big deal. Yet Aldi have already rolled out a traffic light systems across all of their stores.

aldi capacity monitoring

But what about the corner shop? What about the independent boutique clothes store? What about the local chemist? And our cozy pubs and bistro restaurants?

You might not be able to monitor every single person going into and out of your premises at any one time. And you probably can’t afford to pay somebody to stand at the door.

new normal iot parametric people counter

We stock the Parametric People Counter, complete with colour-coded light pole. Place it inside the entrance. The light will show green when you can enter and red when there’s already too many people inside.

At only £960 +VAT, this could be a cost-effective solution to ensuring social distancing. It could also be used at the entrance to certain areas, such as toilet facilities or different floors of your building.

2. Occupancy sensors

One of the key risk areas identified for leisure facilities and the hospitality industry is public bathrooms and toilets. Where possible, the advice is to adopt a 1-in-1-out policy. But it’s often hard to know if the bathroom is occupied without trying the door, or going in! Depending on the layout of your building, customers and visitors might not be able to see whether the toilets are occupied or not.

Introducing the Netvox R718PQA – a toilet occupancy sensor that works using LoRaWAN technology. A combination of door open/close sensors and PIR means that the toilet sensor is completely private – no cameras!

This small device can be attached to the toilet door and connects wirelessly to a centralised system.

You can then add in a traffic light system that will alert customers or employees to whether or not they can enter the area.

3. Air Quality Sensors

Air quality has a big impact on the spread of coronavirus. This is why we’re encouraged to meet others outside, rather than in close quarters inside. The HSE recommends that good ventilation can reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace. It suggests that preventing pockets of stagnant air collecting is important to keeping your workplace safe.

You can monitor air quality both inside and outside your workplace using our specialist LoRaWAN sensors. The enLink Air range from Synetica allows you to monitor a selection of different air quality parameters; from VOCs and particulate matter, through to temperature and humidity. Syntetica also manufacture the enLink Status-AF; a LoRaWAN device that allows you to measure the flow of air through a given area.

These air quality sensors can be added in to your existing LoRaWAN smart building network. We can also help you to set up and test them as part of a proof of concept kit.

For more information about any of our products, and how IoT can help you to move forward into the “new normal”, get in touch with our team. Our experts are on hand to help you make the most of your LoRaWAN technology.