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Installing a People Counting System - Your Options

Infodev's people counting systems are easily installed in the buildings, usually near doors and in passageways. Very little wiring is necessary. The only drilling required is for cabling, and becomes hidden once the equipment is installed. In some cases, no drilling is necessary. Our qualified technicians can install your people counting system or train your own personnel to do so.

Basic system installation:
While we suggest higher-accuracy vertical counting equipment in entrances, horizontal counting equipment is quite effective in passageways to obtain a profile of the pedestrian traffic in an area.

Basic installation schematics for a people counting system
Vertical counting and lateral counting zones

The basic passenger counting system is comprised of 3 elements:

  • The directional counting sensors are either installed vertically above the doors or horizontally beside an entrance. They detect people passing under them and their direction.
  • The Data-Logger is the backbone of the passenger counting system: it receives signals from the sensors, saves the counting data and transfers it.
  • The Data-Collector is a hand-held device that connects to the Data-Logger to extract its data. It can also be used to upload new configuration or software when necessary.

Basic data collection method:

Collection people counting data manually Collection people counting data manually

Once data has been extracted from the entrance's Data-Logger using the Data-Collector, it can be transferred to the database. To do so, all there is to do is plug the Data-Collector in the computer's serial port. Infodev's utilities detect the Data-Collector and extract its data. The data is then imported into the database and available for report production through our web-based report tool. Scroll down for more data collection methods.


Infodev's people counting system can be installed in any type of building or entrance:

  • Entrance types:
    • Single doors are the simplest, most straight-forward installations.
    • Entrances with several doors are most common in shopping centres.
    • Since they usually don't have a big frame, sliding doors require installation brackets or a sensor bar.
    • Wide doors need to have sensor arrays of sensor bars installed.
    • Passageways are the best location for a stand-alone counter-estimator.

  • Building Types:
    • Boutiques can have a people counter that phones in to the head office every night to send the customer counts.
    • Museums often have many rooms. Counting visitors to each room helps know which exhibits or parts of the exhibit are the most popular.
    • Shopping centres need customer counts to provide verifiable figures to their tenants.
    • Casinos look at their visitor counts as both a measure of security and profitability assessment.
    • Airports need to know where their personnel is most needed.
    • Public buildings such as municipal libraries can use their visitor counts to obtain or retain funding.


Infodev offers many different ways to get your people counts, from manual data collection to completely automated wireless networks:

  • Manual data collection is the simplest way to get the data from your entrances to your computer.
  • Modems permit sending counting data to a head office without human intervention.
  • Multiplexers are useful in large buildings. They reduce cabling to the office computer and limit the impact of a cut wire.
  • FTP gateways are another way to send counting data to the head office, using your corporate network.
  • Infodev's people counting systems can be integrated in your existing Ethernet network.
  • Radio modems offer a wide range and allow more flexibility in data collection.