Aldi’s automated traffic light entry system could soon be rolled to NHS COVID-19 vaccine sites across the UK.
Aldi introduced the automated traffic light system, which tracks the number of people in store and informs those queuing when it is safe to enter, in May and is in the process of expanding the technology to all of its UK stores.
Newcastle-based technology developer Ocucon, which created the system, has now written to secretary of state for health Matt Hancock to offer its system at-cost to be trialed at mass vaccination or testing centres across the country.
“We’ve demonstrated how well Occupi works at busy supermarkets, so we believe that, with the large volumes of people accessing mass vaccination or rapid testing centres, our system could be a big help,” Ocucon’s chief executive Gary Trotter said.
“As a company based near the centre of Newcastle, we’ve seen how this virus has destroyed lives and livelihoods, so we are keen to help in the effort to return to some semblance of normal.”
The Occupi system, which was recently featured in an Aldi TV advert, now also includes audio and visual prompts to help customers with visual or hearing impairments.
It comes as supermarkets across the UK have been forced to reintroduce measures to limit the number of people in stores to ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to.
Many supermarkets have also introduced tougher measures, including deploying trained security guards at entrances to turn away any customers not wearing a mask.
These new stricter measures are designed to tackle the spread of the new highly infectious strain of coronavirus which has seen record numbers of new infections recorded across the country throughout January.