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