Harwell start-up designs app to help with social distancing

UK start-up company Lanterne has developed a free app that will help us observe social distancing more effectively, to break the transmission rate of the Coronavirus.

Lanterne logo for app

Lanterne is an award-winning social enterprise that uses data to improve safety and promote economic development. The company has received support and funding from the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre UK, the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Santander Universities

The soon-to-be-launched ‘Keep Your Distance’ app will provide real-time live data on the busyness of essential places that people need to visit, such as supermarkets and pharmacies.

The technology will enable people to decide whether or not it is a good time to visit these places, and if one is particularly crowded, users are presented with less crowded alternatives nearby. 

The app is the brainchild of Lanterne co-founders Sebastian Mueller, Alex Barnes and Yohan Iddawela, to develop technology to help people in conflict zones to navigate safely.

Yohan Iddawela said:

“Keep Your Distance provides live data on the crowdedness of places so that you can choose the best place and the best time to visit while maintaining social distance. This includes supermarkets, pharmacies, parks, doctors and pet stores. Our hope is that this can help people observe social distancing more effectively, stay safe, and play a part in slowing down the infection rate of COVID-19. We’re also committed to ensuring that this remains 100% free for everyone to use.’

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