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Monitor - ISSN 1472-0221
The Newsletter for PC-Based Data Acquisition and Control
Issue 238, June 2018

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* Automated passenger counting
* Your Data Acquisition Questions Answered
* Data Acquisition News Round-Up

Automated Passenger Counting

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A data acquisition system can automatically count passengers on buses, trains and light rail networks.

There are several methods to do this, but the most accurate and versatile is video passenger counting. These systems log numbers of people getting on and off at each stop or station and are over 98% accurate. Compare this to manual passenger counting where counts are out by an average of 15%1.


Another advantage of such a counting system is that information can be made available in real-time over the Internet-of-Things, often as part of a Smart City setup.

Automatic passenger counting on metro

How it Works

Passenger counting works by having a camera over each door. This is linked to a counting unit running a software algorithm which detects entries and exits. An embedded video server lets users view live video footage alongside the people counts, so they can accurately verify, and configure, the system over the internet. Once set up, the counts alone are sent over the network to save bandwidth. Counts can also be stored locally.

Fine-tuning the Video Analytics

The video analytics can be fine-tuned in software during the configuration phase. For example, settings can be adjusted for shadows or poor light. Software also lets users set the time period over which counts are accumulated - down to every 5 minutes.

Occupancy and Location of Public Transport

An automated passenger counting system (APC) provides reliable data at a low cost, no matter how busy the service.

An APC system on its own provides valuable information, but when you add vehicle tracking you can see where a bus or train is as well as how many people are on it.

Validating the Data

With CCTV counting operators can simply watch the video back - which shows both people getting on and off the vehicle together with the increasing counts - and thus verify that the system is counting properly. Transit agencies can thus have complete confidence in the passenger data they are receiving. The passenger count data can be easily integrated into existing database systems.

More Information

For more information on automated passenger counting see the Retail Sensing or Urban Sensing web sites, or contact us.

Your Data Acquisition Questions Answered


"We are looking to run three or four LVDTs and a pressure sensor. The DC version of the LVDT requires an excitation voltage between 8 to 28 V - we will probably look to use around 12 V. The output is either V DC or 4-20 mA. Looking to capture the output of each with time and then to real time plot pressure vs LVDT measured displacement. Would your Microlink 750 do the job?"


You would be able to monitor the DC Voltage output version of the LVDTs and also a pressure sensor with a similar voltage outuput using a Microlink 750. This could sample at up to a few readings per second. To get a plot of pressure against displacement you would probably need to pass the data into Excel and plot an x-y graph there.

Microlink 750 Data Acquisition Unit

The Microlink 750 costs 150 GBP from our on-line shop at Read more about the Microlink 750 and charting with Excel.

DAQ News Round-up

Welcome to our round-up of the data acquisition and control news. If you would like to receive more timely DAQ news updates then follow us on Twitter - @DataAcquisition - or grab our rss feed.

Using sound to detect undersea methane may measure greenhouse gas

Scientists have successfully recorded the sound of methane bubbles from the seafloor, opening the door to using acoustics to identify - and perhaps measure - this important greenhouse gas in the ocean
Source: SCUBA Travel

methane seep

Smart cities technology markets to grow annually by 23% to 2023

With the number of smart cities increasing from about two dozen to more than 100 in just a few years, the market for smart city information and communication technology is anticipating steady growth, according to a report by BCC Research.
Source: Retail Sensing

What causes the sound of a dripping tap - and how do you stop it?

Using ultra-high-speed cameras and modern audio capture techniques, researchers from the University of Cambridge, found that the "plink, plink" sound produced by a water droplet hitting a liquid surface is caused not by the droplet itself, but by the oscillation of a small bubble of air trapped beneath the water's surface. The bubble forces the water surface itself to vibrate, acting like a piston to drive the airborne sound. To stop it, just add washing-up liquid.
Source: University of Cambridge

IEEE adopts OpenFog Reference Architecture as official standard for fog computing

The standard provides industry-accepted framework to enable performance and security while accelerating innovation and market growth in IoT, 5G and AI
Source: IEEE

Engineer creates new design for ultra-thin capacitive sensors

Professor creates a workable sensor with the least possible resistance to motion. The thin and flexible sensor is ideal for sensing sounds because it can move with the airflow made by even the softest noises and addresses issues with accelerometers, microphones and many other similar sensors.
Source: Binghampton University

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