Libraries are important in our education communities. Libraries are now multipurpose; it serves as a space of gathering, taking out books, studying and learning new skills. Often times, libraries operate on a tight budget. People counting technologies are able to record and process information that are useful for the library. Library door counters are able to count each patron walking in and out of the library. The door counters are used to understand patron traffic patterns, justify request for funding, adjusting staffing needs, scheduling and cutting costs. People counting technologies comes with analytic software that makes sense of all the data it collects. The software platform is used to generate reports that offers information about library traffic.
Benefits of People Counting Technologies in Libraries
Help libraries make better business decisions:
- People counters provide data on which entrances and areas of the library get the heaviest use and which times and days are the busiest.
- helpful in deciding how to arrange resources such as service area, printing areas, book shelves, exhibits, kiosks.
Help libraries make cases to administration to gain more funding:
- Libraries can use data as evidence of the demand.
- Make appeals for additional resources and technology
- Request additional staffing and hours of operation
Horizontal vs. Overhead Counters
Horizontal door counters are the basic form of people counting technologies. It works as a tally every one that walks past and breaks the infrared beam by walking through the door. One one person can be counted at a single time.
Overhead counters are often used for large doors or entrances that receive a lot of traffic. Overhead counters are able to count multiple people at a given time; it uses thermal or video technologies to count people.