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The top 4 questions to ask before re-opening your business

In the weeks ahead, our country will cautiously begin to re-open for business. Right now, companies across all industries are scrambling to create plans to ensure the safest environments for customers, staff, and suppliers. A huge part of these plans will involve establishing healthy occupancy limits.

Calculating recommended occupancy isn’t new, of course. With the spread of COVID-19 escalating as space occupancy rises however, it’s critical to use a data-fueled plan to minimize risk for everyone.


So what should you look for when assessing spatial intelligence solutions? This checklist will help you identify your priorities, and choose a provider that will meet your needs.

What do you need?

Measuring occupancy without an intended action is a waste of money. If you’re considering implementing occupancy measurement, ask yourself why:

  • For compliance and liability?

  • To enforce social distancing?

  • To help determine employee schedules?

Make sure that the spatial intelligence solution you choose can deliver across a variety of use cases. Single-use platforms will exhaust their value in the first two weeks, leaving you with a lighter wallet, plenty of data, and nothing to do with it.

Got legacy hardware?

Many cringe when you mention hardware. It’s time-intensive, inflexible, and costly. For most businesses though—particularly in retail and hospitality—it’s a fact of life. Do you have any of the following onsite:

  • Security cameras?

  • Tablet screens?

  • Kiosks?

Most solutions lock you into using their custom hardware, which can create supply chain shortages, higher costs, and reliability issues. Look for solutions that work with your space and current retail hardware to get the most out of your existing infrastructure investments.

Occupancy: What does it mean to you?

How do you calculate “occupancy” when it comes to your business:

  • How many people enter a space, minus how many people leave a space?

  • Looking at a space and determining how many people are present?

  • Looking at an empty space and setting a safe occupancy limit?

Different technology providers define occupancy differently, and their definition might not fit your needs. The bottom line? Not all occupancy metrics are created equal, so choose a solution provider with multiple levels of capabilities, like mask detection, physical distancing detection, etc. Because social distancing and CDC guidelines are a moving target, this will ensure that your solution will scale as your risk mitigation plan evolves.

Does experience matter?

Although COVID-19 analytics are new to everyone, look to spatial intelligence solution providers with years of experience using predictive data and industry best practices to establish recommendations for safety outcomes. Look for:

  • At least 2-4 years of experience with spatial intelligence technologies

  • References from enterprise customers in your vertical space

  • Partnerships with industry leaders

Proven providers have sharpened their algorithms over time and will deliver more accurate results than a provider new to the market. For any enterprise solution to be trusted across critical storefronts, workplaces, or facilities, a vendor must have the experience results to back up their claims.

You’re one day closer to reopening; are you ready?

As the clock ticks on your reopening plans, you want to make sure you’ll be opening your doors to the safest workplace possible. Since 2016, Nomad Go has used its innovative computer vision offering to help brick-and-mortar restaurants, retail, and commercial real estate optimize safety, customer and employee satisfaction, and revenue. We’ll help you get the information you need to reopen safely.


Request a demo today to learn more about Nomad Go HealthySpaces

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