The pandemic has brought the travel industry down on its knees but numerous apps, online services, and contactless solutions have emerged to keep the industry afloat. The UAE was the first to open its doors to visitors stuck indoors in their own countries due to the imminent lockdowns.
The Emirates has been extremely strict with its protocols and has employed state-of-the-arts tools for ensuring social distancing and screening people for covid symptoms. Building on the government’s initiatives, a UAE-based startup, Epic Reality, has come up with an AR-powered app that highlights the locations which are worst hit by the pandemic.
The platform obtains regular updates from WHO and combines them with real-time data to create an algorithm that ranks popular spots in terms of the risk exposure to the coronavirus. It also provides information about the activities, events, sightseeing destinations, and restaurants, along with social distancing measures and norms in place at each of them.
By scanning a location with a smartphone camera, the users can obtain a lot of additional information, including the latitude and distance. The app is a safety mechanism and provides a 360-degree view for tourists to get a closer look at hidden attractions and evaluates a user’s preferences to push out recommendations.
The platform also offers pre-booking for hotels and events to help prevent overcrowding at such hotspots. The app is currently supported only in Dubai but will soon be rolled out in other cities in the UAE and the Middle East and then further on to various cities worldwide.
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