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Volunteers in Portugal create app that tells you the size of supermarket queues

Shared by Ana Ribeiro on 2020-04-14 12:17

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many grocery shops and supermarkets had to impose restrictions on the number of clients inside the shop. So, long queues where forming outside the shops, of people waiting their turn to go inside. To minimize this situation, a group of Portuguese volunteers with expertise in app development created an app that tracks the queues outside the shops.

Clients and store managers update the app with the information about how long the line is. The data is kept for an hour and then it’s updated with new information.

The scope has now been widened to include pharmacies and other establishments.

The idea is that people can check the app to know when is the best time to go to the shops, lowering the waiting time in queues and, in consequence, lowering the time they have to spend outside their homes, risking infection.

The app is free to download for IOS and Android and has over 30000 users.

More information: https://www.posso-ir.com/

Adapted from: https://www.publico.pt/2020/04/08/p3/noticia/ir-aplicacao-permite-ir-com...

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A group of portuguese volunteers, gathered through the Tech4Covid19 movement, created an app that tells people when is the best time to go shopping, buy sharing real time information about the size of queues

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