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People Counting Made Easy

February 26, 2010
Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust (MOPT) and Centaman Systems have reported on the people counting solution introduced for the Australian Open.
In advance of the recent Grand Slam event, MOPT wanted to be able to accurately undertake real time counting of pedestrian traffic at entry and exit points. In addition, licensing authorities required an accurate real time head count for the new Grand Slam oval area (a 10,000 metres2 of carnival area) located between the Hisense and Rod Laver Arenas.
One of the key issues was how to accurately count people going through five metre wide entrances without causing any interference to the visitorsâ experience. MOPT consulted with Centaman Systems who undertook a site survey that took into account the environmental issues of very hot summer days with over 40 degree heat and changing lighting conditions. Centaman Systems recommended their laser scanner which would connect, via the existing network, to a central PC running Traffic Insight, their people counting software.
The laser scanners where mounted directly over the entrances which they continually scanned, commissioned to only detect objects in a certain height window which met defined size requirements. The end result was a highly accurate counter than can ignore small animals, flying birds and carried back packs.
The Traffic Insight software, in turn, logged all the counts from all the sensors allowing the system to provide accurate real time counts of population levels as well as later
reporting back on hourly counts of pedestrian traffic in and out of areas thereby enabling MOPT to see which events had what kind of draw.
As Daniel Andrews, MOPT's Events Project Manager explains "the laser counters worked very well for us and overall the data was very valuable, particularly at the new Grand Slam Oval where the accurate real time count assisted us in managing patrons in the area to comply with our liquor licence."
Melbourne & Olympic Parks, Australia's premier sports and entertainment precinct, was established on 5th October 1995 by the merger of the National Tennis Centre Trust and the Olympic Park Committee of Management. The venue consists of the Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena, Olympic Park Stadium and the soon to be finished Rectangular stadium which are all used for a wide variety of events all year round including the Australian Tennis Open, music concerts, athletics, cycling and family shows.
For more information on this solution contact Centaman Systems on 02 9906 7522.

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