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6 tech solutions for safer reopening

These products are designed to help operators maintain health and safety guidelines as the industry returns to service.
Squadle Sense Thermal Scanner
Photo courtesy of Squadle

With restaurants across the country reopening after the shutdown caused by COVID-19, here are six products designed to help operators maintain health and safety guidelines. 

Philips Professional Display Solutions PeopleCount

This digital signage from Phillips can help restaurants maintain social distancing by monitoring foot traffic using cameras and digital displays. The displays can be programmed to provide customers and staff with capacity information as well as alert customers when it’s safe to enter a dining area. The product is currently being tested with Philips customers in Europe and North America.

Quiq safety chatbot

Quiq, an SMS and chatbot software company, launched a chatbot that allows diners to assess health and safety conditions in restaurants. Customers can text the word “SAFE” to receive an SMS-based survey about health and hygiene practices observed during their restaurant visit. The restaurant can view the results in a dashboard and take action to address any issues accordingly. 

SpeedPro smart signage

SpeedPro, a Denver-based large-format printing company, has launched new smart signage that allows restaurants to offer touch-free menus. Signage can be posted at hostess stands or on tables, and diners then use their phone to scan the sign and pull up the restaurant’s menu in a web browser. 

Squadle Sense Thermal Scanner

Food safety tech company Squadle introduced a touchless device (pictured) that allows staff members to self-screen their temperature. The scanner is mounted on a wall or stand. Employees sign in with an app or keycard and stand in front of the sensor for the quick scan. Above-normal temperatures will trigger a manager alert. The sensor can also be configured for guests. The platform includes self-check apps for staff and a checklist system for managers to ensure each employee has been screened before a shift.

VioGuard Cubby

The VioGuard Cubby uses UV-C light to sanitize items such as phones, tablets, keys, badges and pens. The FDA-cleared technology kills 99.99% of germs, bacteria and viruses within a minute. 

WorkMerk VirusSafe Pro

Workflow software company WorkMerk partnered with celebrity chef Robert Irvine to create VirusSafe Pro, a mobile health and safety checklist platform. The software sends checklists and reminders to employees’ mobile devices and provides managers with a dashboard to monitor health and safety protocols and validate compliance with the latest guidelines from health agencies.

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