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What is Crowdless?

Crowdless is a free platform with global coverage that helps people with social distancing. It provides real-time data on how crowded supermarkets are so that people can avoid crowds, choose the least busy place and best time to visit. The platform uses a combination of existing data sources, such as Google Maps and Google Places data, in combination with crowdsourced data.

The Crowdless app is now available on iOS and Android. A new version of the app was launched on 12thJune with new functionalities that provide localised information on how crowded places are. Crowdless was launched in April 2020 and currently has over 60,000 users. The largest number of users are in the UK, Germany, and Spain.

The platform is developed by UK-based social enterprise Lanterne, whose mission is to use data to improve safety and promote economic development. Crowdless is part of the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom, Oxford University’s Oxford Foundry and the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Generate.

Features

  • Provides precise, real-time data on crowdedness of supermarkets and pharmacies
  • Allows users to choose less crowded times to visit or less busy alternatives
  • (NEW) Allows users to add and save their favourite shops
  • (NEW) Allows users to contribute to the app by reporting missing stores
  • (NEW) Encourages users to volunteer as Crowdless Community Ambassadors
  • Offers global coverage
  • Available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store

Who is behind Crowdless?

Crowdless is developed by award-winning social enterprise lanterne. Our mission is to improve people’s lives using data and technology.

Lanterne has received support and funding from the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre UK, the European Union’s Big Data Corridor Program, the University of Oxford’s Oxford Foundry, the London School of Economics (LSE) Generate, Santander Universities and Yoti’s Humanitarian Tech Support Program.

Awards won

Crowdless was recently selected as a winner by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, of the Covid-19 Rapid Response competition. Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas. They connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth. Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation. For more information visit www.innovateuk.ukri.org

Information on Data Privacy

Lanterne observes stringent data privacy protection standards. Crowdless is GDPR compliant, and does not collect users’ personal information. Location information is collected on an opt-in basis, only for the purpose of returning the most relevant results. Lanterne works closely with Adapt to ensure high quality data protection standards.

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