Safe Queue facilitates social distancing while waiting in line
At a glance
When cases of COVID-19 skyrocketed, social distancing orders soon followed, bringing new challenges to some of the most trivial tasks, like safely waiting in line. Dave Chura, an entrepreneur and developer from Los Angeles, California, used his technical experience to build Safe Queue, a simple mobile-friendly web app that requires no login to keep people safe in virtual lines.
Deployment locationWaffle Cabin, Long Beach, NY
- IBM Watson
- IBM IoT Platform
State of readiness
- In testing
The Safe Queue story
In April 2020, Lady Gaga sent out a call to action for developers around the world to participate in the Global Challenge and take on the most pressing societal issues of our time, COVID-19 and climate change. The message reached thousands of people, including Chura who built a simple solution to address the challenges surrounding keeping social distance while standing in lines.
One month later, Safe Queue was selected to receive early deployment support from IBM and its ecosystem. In October 2020, Safe Queue successfully deployed at a popular small business, Waffle Cabin, in Long Beach, New York. Customers used Safe Queue to wait for their turn in a socially distanced location until they were notified that they could enter the restaurant — eliminating the long, risky lines that used to form.
Looking ahead, Safe Queue has the potential to help in many sectors, from businesses to polling places, as they weather COVID-19 and beyond. The President of the National Ski Area Association has included Safe Queue in their winter “Pandemic Playbook” available to more than 300 ski resorts and 400 ski suppliers across the country. Already, Safe Queue is being used in Canada, the US, India, Spain, and the UK in various capacities.