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Blog Post: Solving Social Distancing Through Spatial Intelligence

According to the Centers For Disease Control, “When a novel virus with pandemic potential emerges, non-pharmaceutical interventions…often are the most readily available interventions to help slow transmission of the virus in communities.”  With this in mind, we would like to start a dialog on how we can bring the medical and technology communities closer together to develop easy-to-implement non-pharmaceutical solutions that will help eradicate this and future pandemics.  Our focus at Pathr is to understand how people and objects behave as they move through space.  Privacy is also foundational to our approach, so all analysis is done without any personally identifiable information.  Currently, the greatest impact can be felt in the Public Health and Healthcare sectors, including hospitals, senior care, emergency, building, cities, and many more.  We have generated a list of potential use cases below that can be solved with Spatial Intelligence and look forward to understanding which you believe would be most impactful:

Analysis that can be done in real time:

  • Calculate the optimal number of people in a space
  • Compliance with social distancing
  • A-B testing effectiveness of policies and procedures
  • Risk assessment in real time based on age
  • ID healthcare and critical infrastructure workers versus standard population
  • Coupled with thermal detection, tracking people with an elevated body temperature, where they go and how many interactions they have
  • Coupled with thermal detection, routing based upon initial fever screening
  • Identify and dispatch staff to sanitize a room, bed, or bathroom
  • Calculate and dispatch healthcare and staff based upon the exact needs at any given moment
  • Understand triage effectiveness

Analysis that can be simulated offline:

  • Potential transmission rates under various occupancy scenarios
  • Potential transmission rates based upon proactive measures
  • A-B testing of scenarios
  • Test doctor and staff dispatch scenarios
  • Optimize triage effectiveness

There are many additional solutions that can work hand-in-hand with spatial intelligence and we invite you to share your ideas here as we continue on this journey.  Together, we can help eliminate future pandemics through deeper partnerships.

Stay safe,

The Pathr team


This is what an outbreak looks like in a public space like a shopping mall. Just one or two infected people (shown in orange) can infect others by coughing or touching, leading to an exponentially growing disease outbreak in a very short time. In the time lapse above, nearly 90% of people are eventually infected!
Increasing social distance can be a good way to decrease the spread of disease. Space operators can allow fewer people (and our analytics can help determine the right number) and people can receive guidance about maintaining distance from each other. Here the disease is kept to ~30% of guests.
With Spatial Intelligence, we can place distribution locations intelligently and limit the number of guests to increase social distance, leading to much lower infection rates.