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NEW INFLUX CONTROL PROGRAM TO TOURIST SITES CREATED BY TWO YOUNG AZOREANS
In order to avoid overcrowding and ensure local sustainability, InVisit was created, which transmits in real time and for everyone the turnout to a place.
“This system is innovative because we can see how many people are there. So, before the tourist goes there, they will be able to obtain the information online to make the decision, just like the entities, which are left with an essential tool to manage the space”, explained Luís Pimentel, who with Gonçalo Andrade, both Azoreans, created the recently awarded program in the Azores.
The businessman highlighted the importance of "redistributing" visitors to different points of a tourist destination, in order to ensure the sustainability of the spaces, with the aim of responding to some complaints due to overcrowding of places, such as on the island of São Miguel, who has seen an increase in tourist flow in recent years, prior to the pandemic.
"Whoever comes to the Azores thinks of an idyllic and peaceful setting. If you arrive at some place and it is full of people, the experience is impaired. That is what we intend to avoid," said Luís Pimentel. Controlling turnout to a location “makes even more sense at a time of pandemic”, where it is necessary to maintain social distance.
The InVisit system is a receiver, placed on spot and that allows “tracking the occupation” in real time, using artificial intelligence to create “reports on the forecast of the inflow to the place” in the following hours.
The system, which is in the prototype phase, is intended for both space managers, visitors and tour guides, and works by a color code: “A color code is transmitted to calculate the state of the place: green it will mean that it is good, with orange it will be with medium flow and if it is red it is better not to go there”, said Gonçalo Andrade.
The system will have a map that can be integrated into different Internet pages, and a smartphone application.
InVisit won the Azores regional entrepreneurship contest, whose prize was awarded by the Society for the Business Development of the Azores (SDEA).