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Choosing a Time-of-Flight people counting system: A comprehensive guide

Accurate people counting is crucial for applications such as office space management, retail, public spaces, and transportation. Time-of-Flight (ToF) people counting systems have gained popularity due to their reliability and versatility. This article will explore key factors to consider when choosing a Time-of-Flight people counting system.
Choosing A Time Of Flight People Counting System

Understanding Time-of-Flight technology

Time-of-Flight technology measures the time it takes for a beam of light  to travel to an object and back to the sensor. This allows for precise distance measurements and the ability to detect the presence and movement of people. Time-of-Flight people counter systems typically use infrared light to ensure accurate readings.

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Data privacy and compliance

Ensure that the ToF people counting system adheres to data privacy regulations and industry standards. Look for systems that do not collect or store any personal identifiable information (PII). Terabee Time-of-Flight people counting solutions are privacy-friendly and GDPR compliant by design.

Moreover, the Terabee Time-of-Flight People Counting devices do not contain a camera and therefore the data that is captured does not need to go through pseudonymization and anonymization steps. Systems that use such methods will first capture personal identifying data from the people they count. RFID-based systems may capture an employee ID number, for example, while camera-based people counting systems typically capture footage of faces and clothing.

This information will then be masked, encrypted, stored in an inaccessible location, and deleted to mitigate privacy risks. While these systems may be theoretically sound, they are fundamentally insecure in real-life implementations.  Terabee Time-of-Flight people counters do not collect any personal identifying data.

Accuracy and reliability

When selecting a Time-of-Flight people counting system, accuracy and reliability are paramount. Look for systems that offer high accuracy rates, minimizing false counts and errors. Factors that contribute to accuracy include advanced algorithms, robust sensor technology, and the ability to handle various lighting conditions and crowd densities.

Terabee people counters provide data with industry leading accuracy. The Terabee people counting algorithm is capable of filtering out static objects and counting multiple people passing in both directions below the device as they enter or leave a space. See more here.

Scalability and flexibility

Choose a Time-of-Flight footfall monitoring or people counting system that can scale according to your needs. Consider the number of sensors the system can accommodate and whether it can cover the desired area effectively.

Additionally, a flexible system should allow for easy expansion or reconfiguration as your requirements evolve.  Terabee people counting solutions come ready for discrete installation above conventional to large doors or passageways. They combine GDPR compliant design, smart data integration, wireless connectivity, and flexible installation (PoE or LoRa models).

With its ability to aggregate data taken from up to five separate sensors, the People Counting L-XL device, from Terabee, offers scalability, easy installation and configuration.

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User-friendly analytics and reporting

Consider the analytics and reporting capabilities of the Time-of-Flight people counting system. Look for systems that provide user-friendly interfaces, real-time data visualization, and comprehensive reporting features. These elements will enable you to derive meaningful insights and make informed business decisions. Terabee people counters are optimized for easy software and hardware integration with an optional analytics portal.

Choosing the right Time-of-Flight people counting system requires careful consideration of accuracy, reliability, integration capabilities, scalability, data privacy, and analytics. By evaluating these factors and referring to reputable sources, you can select a ToF system that meets your specific requirements, ultimately enhancing your operational efficiency and decision-making capabilities.

Time-of-Flight People counter solutions from Terabee

Terabee, who manufacture their flagship people counting sensors in the EU, offer the People Counting L-XL LoRa device which uses LoRaWAN, eliminating the need to install Ethernet cables or connect to the main IT system. This makes it an ideal solution for historic buildings, as the LoRa-enabled solution avoids the need to retrofit Ethernet cabling, which can be both expensive and time-consuming.

It is a highly accurate solution to gather data on people flow at large doors, entrances and indoor gates. Its smaller sibling, the People Counting M, also available in PoE and LoRa models, is suitable for standard doors and narrow corridors, such as in meeting rooms and waiting areas.

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Contact us to speak to an expert about your people counting challenges and requirements. Get in touch today!

If you would like to learn how to deploy people counting solutions in your facility, contact a member of the Terabee team.

Related products

Terabee People Counting L-XL

GDPR compliant people counting device. Optimize value and reduce costs from your retail operation, smart building or office space
Using advanced Time-of-Flight technology, Terabee People Counting L-XL is GDPR compliant and provides accurate people counting data (98% accuracy or more) by monitoring the number of people entering and exiting doorways or corridors.

Easy to configure and install on high ceilings, the Terabee People Counting L-XL fits any kind of wide indoor entrance, up to 15 meters in a multi-device setup. Our people counting algorithm is capable of filtering out static objects and counting multiple people passing in both directions below the device as they enter or leave a space.

The solution consists of an IoT people counting device and an optional IoT platform. Two product variations allow transmission of the data via Power over Ethernet or LoRaWAN. Interested? Contact us.

Terabee People Counting M

Get real-time people counting data for single doorways and narrow corridors
Real-time data is the backbone of our modern, fast-paced world especially when it comes to monitoring space usage, occupancy, energy efficiency, security, building performance or tailored services. The Terabee People Counting M device is GDPR compliant by design, with a real-time data capability, providing seamless, accurate, and highly effective footfall measurement, at a competitive price.

Using Time-of-Flight technology, the People Counting M solution guarantees anonymity in its operations, prioritizing data privacy protection while offering robust, reliable occupancy monitoring.

People Counting M is the perfect addition to your Building Management System. The “smaller sibling” of People Counting L-XL, People Counting M is designed for smaller doorways and narrow corridors. It comes in both Power over Ethernet (PoE) and LoRa models to best suit your needs.

Power supply 5 V for Terabee People Counting L-XL LoRa

Power your People Counting L-XL LoRa
This highly reliable and efficient power supply and 2.5-meter micro USB cable is the recommended accessory for the People Counting L-XL device (LoRa model only). With its 5 changeable power sockets, including type A, C, and G, it’s compatible with all European and North American countries and many others. The micro USB cable can easily be replaced by a different one (not included) as required.

Power supply 5 V for Terabee People Counting M PoE

Power supply 5 V for Terabee People Counting M PoE
This highly reliable and efficient power supply is the recommended accessory for the People Counting M device (PoE model only) when configured to transmit data through a Wi-Fi or a standard Ethernet network. It comes standard with a type C power cable compatible with most European countries and many others. This cable can easily be replaced by a different one (not included) as required.
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