Thanks to the roll-out of new and more advanced automotive tracking technologies, the transport industry has been transformed by the use of automatic passenger counters (APCs). These systems provide reliable data regarding the number of passengers that board or alight from a vehicle at any location or moment in time. The sensors in APCs can distinguish between people and baggage or other items such as bicycles.
If you equip your commercial vehicle with a sophisticated people counter, you can accurately determine the occupancy levels of your vehicles and improve your efficiency. The use of historical data and real-time calculations allows for a seamless and transparent passenger flow.
As a result, you can optimize your operations and flexibly adjust your fleet utilization by using APCs. Having said that, the technology behind automatic passenger counters is pretty complex.
Here is How a Passenger Counter Works!
One-way automatic passenger counters make use of an infrared light installed above the doors of a vehicle. When this radiation shines down the doorways, the order in which the beam is broken can be used to determine whether a passenger is entering or leaving a vehicle.
Except under extreme crush-loads, the accuracy rate of APCs is very high – for example, EyeRide io passenger counters boast an accuracy rate of over 98%, which is the best system in the industry at the moment.
Surveillance cameras such as CCTV can be integrated with smart passenger counters to log the number of people alighting or getting on a bus at each stop or station. Video passenger counting technology is here to stay, and there are several benefits fleet companies can enjoy by using APC systems.
CCTV passenger counting can allow transport operators to verify the accuracy of their data by watching the video playback.
You can also integrate your APC’s computer with an in-vehicle GPS tracker to link your passenger info to your buses’ locations. This will help you access a wide array of data for further analysis of your operations based on key metrics like location, the direction of travel, and your peak hours.
Similar to many data-collection apps onboard transit buses, the info from APCs can be transmitted electronically to a remote server when a vehicle is parked for the day. You can also access and download the data from anywhere if it’s uploaded to the cloud.
Real-Time Crowding Information
Automatic passenger counters have found several applications amid the scourge of the COVID-19 global pandemic where social distancing constitutes a safety measure.
APCs are now being used to provide real-time data on vehicle occupancy levels to transit operators. Because overcrowding in vehicles violates social-distancing directives, one way to keep your passengers safe is to use passenger counters.
If you have vehicle crowding info available in real-time, you can encourage riders to wait for the next bus which is less crowded. In line with government safety protocols, info from your APCs can prove useful in fighting the transmission of the virus in public settings such as vehicles.
Several transit operators are beginning to improve their fleet services through the accurate data reporting that is enabled by passenger counters.