Incorporating People Counting Sensors in Renovation Plans

With many big-picture components involved in planning a renovation, it’s easy to overlook smaller technologies like people counting sensors. But there are benefits to incorporating the installation of sensors into the planning stages of a renovation as opposed to adding them to the punch list.

The installation of people counting sensors isn’t complex, it simply requires a network cable run to the ceiling in front of the entrance where the sensor is to be mounted, a few holes drilled and the sensor screwed into place. However, when your renovation project entails historical buildings, modern design, or other architecture with complex ceiling types, the installation of the sensor will be more involved.

A couple early considerations include your ceiling type and design elements. Ceiling-types such as glass or marble or ceilings with painted murals may require extra planning for installing a sensor. Also, the sensor’s placement should be taken into consideration when deciding where to arrange design elements. For example, ceilings draped with flags or fabric, hanging signs or fans can all obstruct the sensor’s field of view. Realizing these hurdles at the end of a renovation can be expensive and time consuming to remedy.

When SenSource is involved in the planning stages of your renovation, we can discuss these common oversights to ensure your people counting sensors are installed without a hitch. Because we work with customers of various industries and sizes, we are experienced in finding solutions to complex installations, ensuring consistently accurate traffic data at the end of the day.

Check out the 2020 Library Design Showcase by American Libraries Magazine for the year’s most impressive new and renovated libraries! Our friends at Toronto Public Library are featured for their recent renovation of North York Central Library, taking a postmodern building into the 21st century and including a creation loft with 3D printers, audio and visual recording facilities, and a fabrication studio with sewing equipment.

Earlier this year, ACUI featured their 2020 Renovation & Construction Showcase in The Bulletin Magazine, featuring a few of our wonderful customers:
Student Union at University of Tennessee
• UAA Esports Lounge at the University of Alaska-Anchorage Student Union
• Emory University Student Center

People counting sensors have long been used in highly visited facilities that depend on government funding or grants such as libraries, universities and visitor centers. The system proves to be an easy and automated way to collect data on the total number of guests which is necessary to validate the need for continued or increased funding.

The ability to track building occupancy has given new life to people counting sensors in 2020. What was once only relevant information for facility operations personnel, is now relevant to guests as well. Displaying occupancy status at the door communicates to guests if they can enter or wait and shows you care about their safety by following capacity regulations.

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