Although most countries are still in quarantine as the only effective measure to avoid massive covid-19 infections, the truth is that at the end of the confinement period most of us will make social distancing part of our dynamics, especially in terms of avoiding crowds.
With this in mind, the European Space Agency decided to join forces with the company Lanterne to create an application called Crowdless, with the purpose of helping people in their mission to avoid crowds, something similar to how Waze works, but instead of being applied to cars, this tool does it with people.
In this sense, Crowdless acts by performing analysis on anonymous satellite data such as the number of mobile phones connected to the network, data that is then contrasted with data from GPS, Google Maps and Google Spaces.
At the end, Crowdless generates a real-time map showing the user those nearby places with a high concentration of people so that he can make the decision to avoid them or not.
It should be noted that to use Crowdless, the user does not need to go through any registration process or be forced to allow access to their private data stored on the mobile where the application is installed. However, the user can cooperate, if he wishes, by providing information to the application about whether the place marked as a crowded place is correct or not.