Tools and research to support social distancing

Were you directed here by one of our posters? Here's what you need to know.

If you have seen one of our posters then we are the building counting the number of people in occupance throughout the day. Counting is taking place in a number of ways.

Who are we?

We are a small team of researchers from the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute based at The University of Nottingham.

Why are we doing this?

As a team of inter-disciplinary researchers, we work at the intersection of privacy, technology, and society. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up a lot of challenges in society today . We have previously undertaken research in the area of automated ways of determining space usage in the WISEParks projects. We think that now is an ideal time to see if that research can be applied to the current situation to help with social distancing.


WISEBoxes are a technology platform that we have developed to help in monitoring how busy a location is based on the WiFi signals in that area. You can find out more about how this works in the video below.

Contact Us

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please contact using using the contact form on the Horizon website.