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First Results: A Summary of the Xovis Webinar of May 28th, 2020

29.05.2020

This week, we presented the first results from pilot airports using the physical distancing solution and highlighted different case studies to showcase how it can be implemented.

Earlier this month we presented our initial theory on how to monitor and ensure physical distancing in airports (click here to learn more). Over the last few weeks we have been evolving this theory and analyzing data from our customers to see how our solution can be used in practice.

This week, Flurin Hanseler, PhD, presented the first results from pilot airports using the physical distancing solution and highlighted different case studies to showcase how it can be implemented.
 

A Xovis Physical Distance Map with the darker areas representing the highest risk of physical distance breaching

A Xovis Physical Distance Map with the darker areas representing the highest risk of physical distance breaching

What exactly is it about?

The Xovis physical distance map as a single tool is powerful to see the high-risk areas but we had to consider how to turn the map into a single number (an actionable KPI). We knew it would be impractical for our customers to go through hours and hours of footage every week and it is far more efficient to be able to provide quantifying data to airport stakeholders to prove there are solutions in place. Therefore, we developed the Physical Distancing Indicator (PDI) which represents the average risk associated with proximity.

The newly coined Xovis KPI called PDI (Physical Distancing Indicator) which calculates a number based on the proximity risks

The newly coined Xovis KPI called PDI (Physical Distancing Indicator) which calculates a number based on the proximity risks

We now have two tools that work in tandem to represent the average risk per area and per person. Think of it like a pie that you’ve made that’s baking in the oven; you could determine it’s done and ready to come out of the oven by just looking at it (Physical Distance Map) or you can use a thermometer to get an actual number (Physical Distancing Indicator), both approaches are useful but used together they are even more powerful.

The two Xovis Physical Distancing tools

The two Xovis Physical Distancing tools

Presented Case Studies

  • Immigration Hall
    In the example, a high PDI (which is not ideal) was present at the entrance of the airport’s Immigration Area where there were no stanchions in place. By reviewing the data, the airport was then able to make the determination to extend the queuing area to ensure that physical distancing was not being breached.
     
  • Security
    A screening area was analyzed where passengers put their belongings on a conveyer belt and go through the security metal detector. The queue was very well structured so there were no issues there, but traffic backed up in the area where they are picking up their belongings. By using the map and PDI, the airport can come up with a few different solutions to mitigate this problem such as slowing down the rate at which passengers are entering the screening area.
     
  • Comparisons
    Using our physical distancing solution, you can make a comparison and determine whether your distancing initiatives are successful or not. 

We're on it!

As passenger numbers continue to rise (as seen this past weekend in the United States with the Memorial Day holiday weekend and many people flocking to beaches and different destinations), it’s now time to make sure you have the right tools implemented to handle this increase. The Xovis physical distancing solution will be widely available the first week of June 2020 and we’re extremely excited to see it in action and hear from you about how it’s helped you manage your operations.

Open questions?

Email airports(at)xovis.com or use our contact form for more information.