InnovationLab Demos Printed Organic Sensor 'Smart Mat' for Social Distancing in Retail Settings

June 30, 2020 Tiera Oliver

InnovationLab announced its "smart mat," a sensor-based distance-control floor mat that helps to ensure social distancing in retail outlets.

Leveraging InnovationLab's field-proven capacity to print roll-to-roll electronics, the smart mat demonstrator uses a sensor array to control a traffic light-style indicator which detects when a shopper stands on it. In a simple use case, the smart mat displays a red light when a person is standing on the mat, and green when no one is there, signaling that the next customer can proceed.

The intelligent sensor matrix embedded in the smart mat features more than 8,000 individual sensors spaced at 1 cm intervals, which enables differentiation between human steps and the wheels of a grocery cart, for example.

In addition to promoting safe social distancing in a retail environment, the smart mat platform could be further customized to analyze in-store traffic. InnovationLab is already working with industry leader SAP, making it easier to integrate the sensor data with existing retail IT systems and gain new insights on customer behavior.

InnovationLab is now demonstrating its smart mat in a retail store in Heidelberg, Germany.

For more information, visit: https://www.innovationlab.de

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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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