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Updated - Real-time Store Line Up Wait Times Website

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Updated - Real-time Store Line Up Wait Times Website

Update - Google based
https://covid19-waiting-time.thejoin.tech/

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Miki Lombardi
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https://www.linkedin.com/in/miki-lombardi/
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brainy.games on instagram has a crowd sourced website for GTA store line up times

Its crowd sourced, so it's only as accurate as the data that folks update - So if you use it, update the site when you hit the line up

GTA Walmart, Costco, LCBO
https://lineups.live/#addget
https://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2020/0 ... -tracking/
Last edited by l69norm on Apr 15th, 2020 2:42 pm, edited 5 times in total.
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Line up wait times from google maps data
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Kiraly wrote: Nice, and it's not just GTA, it has Costco locations nationwide.
But it shows the Brampton Costco right now with a 50+ person lineup and a 1-hour waiting time? It's Easter Sunday, they're closed.
Seems like still a few bugs to iron out
Looks like he launched it yesterday so we'll have to wait a couple of days to see how well it works
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I don't think this app will work as it's crowd sourced.
In a wait line, nobody has their cell phone out anymore due to fear of cross contamination.
There likely is a lot less people posting line updates than in normal times
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Nice idea but have to find a different process to make this possible. Currently as this stand is useless.
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Neat idea, but would involve a LOT of people being on board to give any meaningful data. I've actually wondered if Google Maps might do something like this. It already shows how busy a place is at any given time, and provides "estimated wait times" for things like restaurants. The tech to provide this information is already baked into Google maps, it just hasn't been applied to places like grocery stores, costco, etc., as it's never been necessary. I would think it's a relatively simple update on Googles part to turn it on.
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coolnut wrote: Nice idea but have to find a different process to make this possible. Currently as this stand is useless.
I agree. Most of the data on that site is likely inaccurate and crowds can change really quick. I wouldn't base going out off of the info on that website.
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DonkeyDoo wrote: Neat idea, but would involve a LOT of people being on board to give any meaningful data. I've actually wondered if Google Maps might do something like this. It already shows how busy a place is at any given time, and provides "estimated wait times" for things like restaurants. The tech to provide this information is already baked into Google maps, it just hasn't been applied to places like grocery stores, costco, etc., as it's never been necessary. I would think it's a relatively simple update on Googles part to turn it on.
Your wish has been granted, google based
https://covid19-waiting-time.thejoin.tech/
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I updated the OP to a new site that "theJoin95" created based on google location data

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Miki Lombardi
Florence, Italy
https://www.linkedin.com/in/miki-lombardi/
https://github.com/TheJoin95

This project aims to avoid the gatherings of people in various supermarkets and pharmacies during the covid-19 pandemic. Based on the geolocation of the device, it will show various points of interest such as supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics, bars etc., with an estimate waiting time and a forecast of the next hour.

NOTE: This project does not wanna be for commercial use. This project wants to help people to stay outside their house as little time as possible and to avoid other people for the quarantine period.

The data comes from Google, like Traffic for Maps, in real time. The data are also based on the data of the past week, to have a history (Google based), the time spent inside a place and the estimated waiting time to be able to complete the purchase.

The waiting time is also based on the current popularity (readme as realtime) of a specific place. This feature is not available for all places, but for the vast majority it is. In this way, the estimated waiting times can still be reliable, since the calculations that are carried out on these data try to take into consideration the variables of the emergence such as social distancing, less influx of people in closed places etc. The data is then divided into hours and weekdays.

In the future it will then perhaps be possible to give an estimate on the following hours.

All times are to be kept as estimates.

In fact, the same data that you would view on Google are used, i.e. the data within the local business.

Please, note that sometimes a place can have a parking area or other stuff where the geolocation can make some mistakes. I can not detect where the people are, if they are people or car, how many people are in the line etc etc. The estimates are based on the data that come from Google with an additional formula to get an approx time to wait. This error can change from a place to another.
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Anyone else finding these sites useless and totally innacurate?
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l69norm wrote: Your wish has been granted, google based
https://covid19-waiting-time.thejoin.tech/
Nice!
But it's missing my local No Frills for some reason
And I wish we could change the peg colours. The 5-10 green and 15-25 orange are too easily confused for us red-green colour vision impaired.
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Kiraly wrote: Nice!
But it's missing my local No Frills for some reason
And I wish we could change the peg colours. The 5-10 green and 15-25 orange are too easily confused for us red-green colour vision impaired.

He added a query tool so you can search for store that's missing on the map
He also says someone is going to work on the colors

https://github.com/TheJoin95/covid19-ma ... /issues/11
UPDATE: Pop up weren't working on my phone, the details are in the popup, this still requires me to ckick on many locations as i can't tell from a high-level glance. My colour vision is not as bad as many others so i could see it being more issue for them.

I love the idea of this but it's not useful for me because it's using colour scale of green to red which is the most common colour vision deficiency. As a woman its rare to be colour blind, but for the male population your map key on wait times is useless for about 1 in 10. In my case 5 minutes looks the same as 25 mins and 45 mins looks the same as 60 plus. No matter what you're coding you should always include a label or pattern option for accessibly. Great concert though and would be wonderful even outside of the current situation.

@TheJoin95 TheJoin95 self-assigned this 6 days ago
@TheJoin95 TheJoin95 added the enhancement label 6 days ago
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TheJoin95 commented 6 days ago •
Hi, you are absolutely right.

Making the page accessible is one of the priorities I set myself at the beginning of the project. The choice of colors was linked to the common use of traffic lights, but it can always be improved.

Unfortunately / Fortunately, due to the rapid expansion that this project has had, I have not had the way to carry on those features.

As soon as I can stabilize the traffic on the server and optimize the speed and accuracy of the information, I will focus on UI / UX and accessibility.

Unfortunately I had already received this feedback a few days ago, I am sorry I cannot be of immediate help.
I am working hard on this project and any help, even your feedback, is well appreciated!

Thanks for taking the time to write here.

[UPDATE]
Yes, I've got also a todo on refactoring the popup that shows the infos. Thank you for also notice me about this. I really appreciate it! :)

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danieldafoe commented 6 days ago
I will look into coming up with a more accessible colour palette (as well as improving other accessibility needs) as soon as I can!


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