Tech & Physical Distancing
Occupancy Counting Program Reaches into Ed Settings
- By Dian Schaffhauser
company with WiFi-based occupancy measurement solutions is
attempting to reach into schools and colleges. BlueZoo's
uses sensors to continuously count probes from mobile phones to
measure how many people are visiting a space in real-time. For every
15-minute period, the program reports on the number of visits begun
and ended and the minimum, maximum and average number of visitors
during that time slot.
the number of people in a space exceeds the preset threshold, the
application notifies on-site staff. It also predicts the wait time,
based on tracking of historical data.
single BlueFox sensor surveys areas up to 300,000 square feet,
sensing all mobile devices located within a distance of up to 300
feet from the sensor and reports how many phones are detected within
the space. The range can be configured for smaller areas, and
"always-present " devices can be excluded from the count
with a "SmartDetect" feature. Sensors are small, measuring
two inches by two inches by one inch.
company said that its products collect no personal information,
including phone numbers.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @schaffhauser.