Passenger Counters Installation
Public transportation is crucial in urban areas, but as the population grows, the higher the demand is for efficient and reliable transportation solutions. This is when passenger counters installation can help. To ensure that transit systems are operating efficiently, you need to account for the passenger flow. When you have accurate passenger counting data, this enables transit operators to gain insights into the ridership patterns. This then enables them to optimize their service routes and create a more efficient schedule.
Orbital Installation Technologies can help you with any of your mobile fleet installation needs. With passenger counters installation in particular, this involves several steps to ensure seamless integration and optimal performance. Our team will execute the following steps when installing your device:
- Identify Sensor Placement – The first step in installing automated or automatic passenger counting systems is to determine the optimal placement of the sensors. These counting sensors are typically installed above each door of the transit vehicle to accurately detect passengers as they enter and exit. When installing this device, you have to consider the following factors: visibility, coverage, and ease of maintenance. You do not want to put it in an inconvenient spot where it will hinder its accuracy.
- Sensor Integration with On-board Systems – This depends on the device you purchase, but APC systems can be installed as standalone units or integrated with existing on-board systems. An example would be installing it with fare collection and annunciator systems. This type of integration allows for synchronized data collection and comprehensive reporting, providing a detailed view of transit operations.
- Configuration and Calibration – Once the sensors are installed, they need to be configured and calibrated to ensure accurate counting. This involves setting parameters, such as counting thresholds, sensitivity levels, and distinguishing between passengers and other objects like baggage or wheelchairs. You need to make sure that your device is automatically counting passengers properly.
- Network Connectivity – If you want real-time data transmission and remote access, then this means you will need good network connectivity. Since this involves transit vehicles, you need wireless LAN or cellular connections, enabling operators to monitor passenger counts and access data remotely.
- Testing and Validation – Once all these steps have been completed, then you need to do another test run. You need to test and validate that the passenger counter is working successfully even when it is far from your server. This will include verifying the accuracy of passenger counting as well as ensuring data synchronization with other on-board systems. Lastly, it is important to validate the system’s performance under different operating conditions.
- Training and Familiarization – Now that you have successfully tested the counters, you need to train and familiarize your transit operators and personnel with the APC system. This ensures proper utilization of the system’s features and capabilities. The goal of this device is to empower operators to leverage the collected data for decision-making and service optimization.
By leveraging advanced technologies such as our passenger counters installation, you can improve your transit service efficiency as well as cut costs. Contact us today and we can guide you through this process.