How crowded is that area? Physical distancing app Maze to launch next week - developer

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Posted at Apr 21 2020 01:26 PM | Updated as of Apr 21 2020 02:50 PM

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MANILA - A free web and mobile app that informs people the density of a crowd in an area will launch next week, its developer said Tuesday.

Maze, the Philippines' first physical distancing app, is being developed by iAcademy in partnership with the Department of Tourism.

"When you use the app, you can see how crowded the location you are going to is so you can make an informed decision as to whether to go there or not. If it is crowded, it will give you other suggestions where you can go instead," iAcademy President and CEO Vanessa Tanco told radio DZMM.

"We really wanted to help slow down the spread of the virus. We wanted to do our part in it. It’s been affecting the lives of people in the country."

The app, like traffic tracker Waze, collects information through reports of users.

"The more people that will use it, the better it will function," Tanco said.

The World Health Organization recommends maintaining a distance of at least 3 feet from others to limit the spread of the respiratory disease. 

Government has deployed military and policemen to implement physical distancing in public markets.

--DZMM, April 21, 2020