North Nottinghamshire town centres implement new foot traffic tech to aid social distancing

Town centres across North Nottinghamshire are using the latest space monitoring technology to show shoppers how busy local high streets are before making the journey into town.

North Notts BID is giving shoppers the opportunity to access information through a Safe Space Indicator, which will monitor how busy town centres are in Worksop and Retford.

The website will utilise the BID’s Geosense mobile data and apply a simple traffic light system to indicate how many people are in various parts of the town, acting as an early warning system for potential visitors.

The fully anonymised and GDPR-compliant service is delivered by ElephantWiFi, who has also provided the BID’s incredibly popular town centre Wi-Fi service. This saw more than 140,000 connections made last year in Worksop alone.

Sally Gillborn, chief executive at North Notts BID, comments: “Social distancing is going to continue to be of paramount importance, so monitoring footfall in this way will allow us to keep an eye on where there may be potential issues and give peace of mind to visitors.

“The businesses in the district have reacted incredibly to the challenges that Covid-19 has presented, and we want to do everything we can to support them as we begin to return to some semblance of normality.”