PEOPLE COUNTERS - WAITN CROWD MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS – WAIT'N | Omni-Channel Crowd Management

PEOPLE COUNTERS ARE TYPES OF "TALLY COUNTERS" THAT ARE SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR COUNTING PEOPLE. THEY ARE AVAILABLE IN MECHANICAL, ELECTRONIC, OR APP-INTEGRATED VERSIONS.

If you're visiting this page, you might be asking questions like "what is a people counter, crowd counter, or tally counter?" Alternatively, you could be interested to know what types of people counters exist, or wondering "which type of people counter should I use?" Perhaps you're a venue owner, manager or security person with questions and concerns about the counting technology that you're currently using, or are interested to know how to upgrade your counting technology.  We've created this article to address these questions, and to provide some information about the different types of people counters and "tally counters" that are available on the market today, their benefits and tradeoffs.

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TYPES OF PEOPLE COUNTERS 

PEOPLE COUNTERS CAN BE MECHANICAL, ELECTRONIC, OR APP-INTEGRATED, DEPENDING ON THE USE-CASE AND INDUSTRY. THEY CAN BE HANDHELD OR PART OF INSTALLABLE PHYSICAL HARDWARE. IN GENERAL, A PEOPLE COUNTER is a digital or mechanical "tally counter" that enables the user to count people entering, exiting or present at a particular space or venue. Although the primary purpose of a people counter is to count people, each type of people counter differs in how those counts are achieved and comes with trade-offs for the user in terms of speed, functionality, and price. 

HANDHELD PEOPLE COUNTERS

These simple, electronic or digital designs are durable with more features than mechanical versions. 


WIFI ENABLED PEOPLE-COUNTER 

ELECTRONIC HAND-COUNTER 

MULTI-ZONE APP-INTEGRATED 


Handheld people counters are simple human-controlled people counting systems that are either self-contained mechanical, electronic, wifi-enabled, or app-integrated solutions for tally counting. 

These digital "tally counters" are also available in several different configurations and are designed to be held and operated using one hand. Often these counters will include a "loop" where a necklace or wrist strap can be attached to easily store the counter when not in use. 

electronic people counters utilize an LCD screen to display the count, this display typically contains 4 rows of numbers that can display a count from 0000 to 9999. Next to, or above or below the screen, there is typically a soft rubber button to advance the count. In case a mistake is made while counting, some models also include a button to decrement the count. 

WIFI enabled people counters are similar to electronic counters, but are connected to a back-office application to enable more advanced people counting. 

app-enabled people counters, such as the people counter included with the waitn crowd manager application, offer the advantages of wifi-enabled counters, such as the ability of mutiiple users to tally count multiple "rooms", "zones", or entrances, without the need to purchase or maintain additional hardware. These people counters are integrated to mobile applications that allow for additional crowd-management functionality all-in-one place. 


THE BOTTOM LINE

With a starting price of less than $10.00 each, the ability to increment and decrement the count, and their long battery life, electronic tally counters are a viable option for most counting requirements. However, like mechanical counters, their inability to integrate with other technologies comes at the cost of overall accuracy and efficiency, often requiring more man-hours to operate than wifi-enabled or app-integrated alternatives.  


for businesses that have the additional requirement of managing queues, or storing crowd-manager information such as certifications, app-integrated counters are a cost-effective means to not only people count, but to enable staff with powerful public-safety tools. 



HARDWARE AND SENSOR-BASED PEOPLE COUNTERS

These simple, electronic or digital designs are durable with more features than mechanical versions. 

THERMAL SENSOR IOT PEOPLE COUNTER

CAMERA AI-ENABLED PEOPLE COUNTER

IR OR 3D-CAMERA PEOPLE COUNTER


while human-operated people counters are a simple and affordable means to conduct crowd management and count the number of persons in an environment, they are far from the only means to do so. hardware enabled, sensor-based automated people counters are also a means to accurately and securely monitor on premises occupancy. 


Over-the-door sensors, such as the density thermal counting sensor, offer a passive, non-camera based solution for accurately monitoring points of entry and egress. these sensors can be wired through poe and connected to your local network to automatically tally interior spaces. because these sensors rely on thermal scanning, they work best in climate controlled indoor spaces.


alternatively, camera-based solutions offer the ability to do people counting while also serving as a security camera. these systems can be integrated with ai-facial recognition and other technologies to provide staff with actionable crowd-data in real time. 


waitn crowd management software offers the ability to integrate these technologies into your crowd-management plan, allowing your staff to work from iphone. 

A SIMPLE CROWD CONTROL SOLUTION

Although there is no substitute for well-trained efficient staff, putting WAITN in the hands of bouncers, security, and hosts, gives personnel a tool that simplifies the process of crowd management by keeping your walk-in customers organized and happy. That's why, in addition to a waitlist solution, WAITN also offers an easy to use people counter tool that security staff love to use. With WAITN, hosts, bouncers, or other crowd control staff can monitor or update the occupancy of your venue right from their mobile device.




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