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How to choose a Time-of-Flight people counting sensor

In today's business world, accurate and reliable people counting systems have become essential for optimizing spaces and energy consumption. From auditoriums, lecture theaters to office blocks and meeting rooms, organisations rely on people counters to gather data, optimize, operations reduce expenses and improve customer experience.
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One popular type of people counter uses Time-of-Flight (ToF) technology. In this article will explore the key factors to consider when choosing a ToF people counter.

Accuracy and reliability

Accurate and reliable data is crucial when it comes to people counting systems. When evaluating ToF people counting systems, it is essential to consider their accuracy rates. Look for systems that have a high accuracy percentage and can differentiate between individuals even in high-density scenarios. Additionally, reliability is vital to ensure consistent data collection over extended periods.

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GDPR compliant and privacy-respecting

When Time-of-Flight technology is used in Smart Buildings for occupancy monitoring or people counting, it works in a completely non-camera, non-intrusive, anonymous way. Terabee people counting sensors, based on Time-of-Flight technology cannot capture any personal data, images or videos of individuals as they don’t use camera technology. Rather, Time-of-Flight technology simply detects presence and movements within a defined area. 

Moreover, Terabee ToF sensors do not rely on capturing images, which is a key difference from camera-based technologies. They gather data related to three points when someone passes into the people counting area: head and both shoulders, nothing more. Terabee people counters don’t measure the height of someone passing into or out of the counting area, nor do they gather any information about gender, physical appearance, clothing or other personal data. Terabee people counters respect  the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.

Installation and maintenance

Consider the ease of installation and maintenance when selecting a ToF people counting system. Look for systems that are straightforward to install, minimizing downtime and disruption to operations. Similarly, opt for systems that require minimal maintenance and offer remote monitoring capabilities, reducing the need for on-site interventions.

LoRa people counters

LoRa (Long Range) people counters utilize low-power, wide-area networks to transmit data wirelessly over long distances. These counters are suitable for large-scale deployments where extensive coverage is required. LoRa people counters offer advantages such as low power consumption, extended battery life, and the ability to operate in challenging environments. They can be deployed in remote locations or areas with limited connectivity, making them an excellent choice for indoor applications.

Advantages of LoRa people counters

  • Wide coverage range, suitable for large-scale deployments
  • Low power consumption and extended battery life
  • Robust performance in challenging environments
  • Wireless connectivity, eliminating the need for extensive cabling
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Terabee people counters

Terabee is a leading provider of people counting sensor technology that uses ToF sensors. The company’s sensors are designed to be accurate, reliable, and easy to install. The people counters use advanced algorithms to filter out false readings and noise and provide accurate counting in a variety of settings. All data is fully anonymous, privacy-respecting and GDPR-compliant.

Terabee’s people counting sensors are designed to be highly adaptable and can be used in a variety of settings, including space and flow monitoring in commercial real estate settings, operations optimization in company canteens and staff dining rooms, and smart university campuses.

With its ability to aggregate data taken from up to five separate sensors, the Terabee People Flow Counting L-XL device offers easy installation and configuration. It is a highly accurate solution to gather data on people flow at large doors, entrances and indoor gates, such as auditoriums and large theatres. Its smaller sibling, the Terabee Flow People Counting M 2.0 LoRa device is suitable for standard doors and narrow corridors, such as in meeting rooms and washrooms.

Related products

Terabee People Flow 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 Flow 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 Flow 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 Flow Counting M 2.0

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 Flow Counting M 2.0 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 Flow Counting M 2.0 solution guarantees anonymity in its operations, prioritizing data privacy protection while offering robust, reliable occupancy monitoring.

People Flow Counting M 2.0 is the perfect addition to your Building Management System. The “smaller sibling” of People Flow Counting L-XL, People Flow Counting M 2.0 is designed for smaller doorways and narrow corridors. It comes in both Power over Ethernet (PoE) and LoRa models to best suit your needs.

Recess Mounting Kit XL for the Terabee People Flow Counting L-XL

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Give your people counting device installations a seamless look. Ensure that the people counter stays discreet and enhances your architecture and decor.

Choose the Recess Mounting Kit XL for the Terabee People Flow Counting L-XL device.

Recess Mounting Kit M for the People Flow Counting M 2.0 and People Occupancy Counting

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Give your people counting device installations a stylish finish that enhances your architecture.

Install the Recess Mounting Kit M for the Terabee People Flow Counting M 2.0 and the Terabee People Occupancy Counting devices.
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