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16/06/2020

Optex launches people counting feature to help with social distancing

Maidenhead, Berkshire (UK)

IA Connects offers a social distancing room management technology by monitoring the number of people and occupancy level of common areas.

The new people counting technology from Optex, offers an innovative and accurate solution at the heart of a series of new solutions to support social distancing in business and commercial environments as the COVID-19-enforced lockdown is being gradually lifted throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Thanks to embedding the latest Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol into Optex’s proven Akribos VC-1020 people counting system, three new solutions from IA Connects, Vaelsys and Xenometric have now been developed. The protocol enables data to be communicated in real time and for the people count to be instantaneously updated – a crucial factor in the live monitoring of people flow.

To help employers comply with the governmental rules and create a safe environment for employees to return to, IA Connects offers a Social Distancing Room Management technology. It works by monitoring the number of people and occupancy level of common areas such as waiting rooms, meeting rooms, office lobbies, restrooms etc and displaying the appropriate instruction. It might, for example, state ‘do not enter’, ‘cleaning required,’ or ‘free to go,’ or any other such status that the customer defines. The solution comprises the Optex VC-1020 people counting sensor, Wifi Gateways including IA Connects’ Mobiusflow software, and display units mounted by the doors. The solution can communicate with any building management system (BMS) and capable of accurately monitoring occupancy levels during and after lockdown.

To manage the flow of people inside retail outlets as they steadily re-open, Vaelsys has developed Easycount and updated their existing Datacentre people counting solution to provide more functionalities regarding the social distancing. Easycount enables smaller retail outlets to display (with a clear ‘go’/ ‘wait’ dashboard) the number of people allowed into their store at any one time and the average waiting time. Datacentre is a scalable solution for larger and multi-site retailers that serves both as a people counter but also a more sophisticated analytics and performance tool. It has now integrated the MQTT protocol of the Optex Akribos to provide real time information and occupancy dashboards.

The third of the new solutions comes from Xenometric which has further developed its range of people counting and occupancy-level software packages to integrate the MQTT protocol and provide dashboards suited for enforcing the social distancing. The entry-level solution, Xenoview, is suited to independent retailers or smaller buildings. It collects the real time count data from up to four Akribos, displays the occupancy levels on an integrated dashboard, and issues instructions to ‘go’ or ‘wait’. The count data is stored locally and can also be used for retail analysis purposes. For larger or multisite applications, Xenometric has developed the X-Server. Similar to Xenoview in terms of its functionality, it differs in that it is fully scalable and includes an SQL database and full reporting functionalities. It can be hosted on the customer’s server or on the Cloud.

Masaya Kida, Managing Director at Optex Europe (EMEA Headquarters) says the new solutions provide installers with an opportunity beyond security: “Many businesses and retailers are using their security staff to manage access and control queue volumes and as such, installers have an opportunity to become the principal point of contact for bringing new solutions regarding occupancy level and social distancing."


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