bCounted: Automatic People Counting and People Flow Management at Airports

Accurate data on passenger activity and traffic patterns at airports are essential information for people flow analysis and management, space use, service monitoring, security enhancement, productivity assessment, and resource optimization to improve or maintain the operating means at airport facilities. bCounted is the automatic people counting and people flow management system to provide this information. The system offers sophisticated solutions for automatic people counting (APC) on trains, automated people movers (APM), buses and shuttles as well as at stations, security-sensitive areas, and any location where people move through portals. Customers include airport authorities, bus and shuttle operators, door and portal manufacturers, OEMs, retailers, and providers of services where frequency and people flow management play a role. bCounted features infrared APC sensors which make use of the latest “time-of-flight (TOF)” technology. Inconspicuously mounted above the door or portal, the sensors provide in real-time three-dimensional (3D) images of the field of vision and the people or objects to count. Working like an infrared camera, the sensors distinguish between passengers and objects, e.g., wheelchairs or luggage carts. A communication module captures the APC data, correlates it with location and time, and communicates the count data to a cloud-hosted backend. In mobile applications, e.g., on APM vehicles or shuttle buses, wireless GPS modems are used to track the vehicles. The backend produces customized “as needed” reports and can be accessed anywhere in the world via a Web Portal. Since 2007, bCounted has successfully been utilized in APM and shuttle bus systems. bCounted provides an effective method to generate information and statistics about ground transportation and facility usage, accurate counts at stations, exact passenger frequency reports for vehicle capacity and headway planning, statistics for fund application, and to assign operation cost to different system partners. It notifies transportation operators and airport facility staff if and when to take pre-determined, ad-hoc measurements or corrective actions based upon passenger frequency or people flow.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 74-81
  • Monograph Title: Automated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems 2016: Innovation in a Rapidly Urbanizing World

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01596915
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784479797
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2016 3:01PM