People Counting System at the Terabee offices
To prove it, we developed and installed a people counting system at our own offices!
Here is how the process went.
A range of people counting systems are currently available, including ultrasonic sensors, WiFi tracking, infrared sensors, CCTV, stereovision, and thermal cameras. Each method has its limitations, often concerning accuracy and protecting the privacy of people moving around a space.
Time-of-Flight (ToF) cameras are the latest technology to make a splash in the people counting industry. ToF provides accurate people counting in a package that is simple, compact, cost-effective, and easy to use. All while protecting the privacy of the people it is counting system.
How does our ToF technology work?
Using ToF People Counting Solutions in Real Life Scenarios
Now, we are enhancing our solution further. And where better to test it than in our own offices?
We hoped that people counting could help us optimize our staff planning and use our space more efficiently. To do this, we needed to understand how our staff uses our premises. We also wanted to know if our buildings are the right size for our needs and whether we have the right number of meeting and call rooms. To meet all these demands, we needed a people counting system that could provide detailed data about how we use our office buildings and rooms.
Installing our ToF hardware in our own offices
Firstly, we needed to bring power and connectivity to all the devices we wanted to install. In places where having an ethernet cable was not practical, we had to ensure that there was a stable enough WiFi signal to push data to our analytics platform every minute.
From ToF data to actionable, visualized data
Data from our devices is pushed to our online dashboard every minute via WiFi or ethernet. The dashboard allows users to visualize people count data so that it is easy to understand. In our case, we use it to see how Terabee’s office space is being used over time, and key decision-makers at Terabee can access our people counting data from anywhere, at anytime. One of the things we quickly discovered was that our open-plan meeting area was poorly utilised, but that small meeting rooms were heavily utilized, so we converted the open-plan space into two new meeting rooms. We also learned when our peak work hours are and which buildings and facilities are used in which parts of the day. This data will help us make decisions about our future real-estate and office needs.
We are also continuously working on improving our people counting system. Currently, we’re making the people counting system easier to install and set up.
Do you want to use ToF to optimize your business?
If you are looking for a 3D ToF technology for people counting, or for a complete solution, Terabee can help.