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This smart floor provides real-time data to shopping malls and event venues

The algorithms it generates, which recognise different walking styles, could be used to gauge the success of an event or to improve safety.

A new innovation turns standard floors into artificially intelligent systems that reveal precisely where – and how – people walk. 

The data-gathering smart floor, developed by Swiss start-up Technis, is targeted at shopping centres, exhibition venues and hospitals – places that may want to track the success of events or improve safety.

It uses machine learning to generate algorithms that recognise different walking styles, whether someone is using a wheelchair, and when someone falls.

“Floors have long been overlooked in the quest to develop connected objects,” explained Technis CEO Wiktor Bourée. “Our technology is revolutionary because it doesn’t just count the number of people in a building – it’s a genuine smart system that detects, recognises and analyses what’s happening on a floor surface.”

The smart floor has already been installed at event venues in Switzerland and France. Because it’s non-intrusive – unlike a camera – it’s likely to be used by hospitals and nursing homes in the near future.