Sensors for Foot Traffic

1) Issue: mobility, crowds, access to services

2) Tech summary

  • Density has come out with very simple, small sensors that can be attached to doorways, walkways, and other architecture to provide insight to foot traffic volume and patterns.
  • The technology is more basic than installing cameras or other technology with larger footprints. This may be appealing to smaller businesses/agencies that don’t have a budget for super-expensive tech.
  • Citylab wrote an article suggesting really simple uses, like DMV lines, coffee shops, or even a whole shopping district if many businesses were using the sensors.

3) Stakeholders: business owners, city agencies with storefronts, city planners, advertisers

4) Steps for deployment

  • Identify agencies/businesses with heavy, inconsistent foot traffic
  • Install sensors and educate public encouraging use
  • Set up data collection and analysis system to see how users change their plans by using the data and how this affects overall congestion at the sites
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One thought on “Sensors for Foot Traffic

  1. This is a great idea. Even more than convenience, if offers a way for businesses to better manage lines and wait times, thereby increasing revenue opportunities.

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