Orlando International Airport tests new system to monitor crowd density

16 December 2020 (Last Updated December 16th, 2020 15:31)

Orlando International Airport (MCO) in the US is taking part in a pilot programme to test a crowd density monitoring system at gate areas 101-109.

Orlando International Airport tests new system to monitor crowd density
MCO has claimed that it is the first airport in the world to implement such a system. Credit: 2020 GREATER ORLANDO AVIATION AUTHORITY.

Orlando International Airport (MCO) in the US is taking part in a pilot programme to test a crowd density monitoring system at gate areas 101-109.

Evenflow Crowd Radar system is being deployed by Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) in partnership with SYNECT.

The system became operational last month.

The new system will measure crowd density and deliver real-time information through digital signs and custom lights.

GOAA CEO Phil Brown said: “While we are encouraged by increasing passenger traffic, we know the responsibility to maintain our guests’ well-being increases as well. This new system will hopefully help passengers make informed decisions and reduce the anxiety that accompanies travel during these challenging times.”

With the help of variable light intensity and colour-coded messages, passengers will be able to make decisions on when to proceed to their gate, where to sit and how to maintain social distancing at the airport.

The system uses Lidar, heat mapping / Safe Space, ReadySeeGo, and ‘Social Lights’ custom light poles for providing real-time view of crowded or open areas and cleaned chairs and facilities.

Synect CEO Yahav Ran said: “Evenflow Crowd Radar uses behavioural science to make the airport safer for passengers, employees, and the public.

“We’re proud to be working with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and a team of leading scientists to demonstrate how visual communication drives compliance and promotes healthier passenger behaviour.”

After the pilot period, data will be studied and the authority will assess whether to install the technology airport-wide.