big data and LRS door counters

LITA discussion (attached below) on how one can easily do real-time but also big-data like estimate of patrons’ attendance in the library.

GitHub https://github.com/ and listuser@chillco.com Cary, for wifi connected counter

From: Cary Gordon [mailto:listuser@chillco.com]
Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2015 9:35 AM
To: lita-l@lists.ala.org
Subject: [lita-l] Re: patron/door counter

I am not an expert on door counters, but I think that it would be pretty simple — no, really — to make your own system using a small, inexpensive computer like a Raspberry Pi with a wifi adapter and connect it to your current counter. It would take a little programming, but the result could be something that the community could share.

If you are interested in this, we could create a project on GitHub. I would be happy to help.

Cary

On Mar 28, 2015, at 2:49 PM, Mason Yang <hyang@marymount.edu> wrote:

Hi,

We have a old door counter which can only be checked manually. We are looking for a new door counter system which can help us to find out how many patrons come in during certain hours. I found a couple systems online and would like know if some libraries recently installed any door counter systems and what’s your experience with them. I made a short list of questions below. If you can take a few minutes to answer those questions or just drop a line or two of your comments to reply to this email, I will really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance for your time and inputs!

  1. what’s the model and the brand of the door counter system?
  1. Wired to your network or wireless connected to the internet?
  1. Does the system count the number of entries/exists hourly?
  1. Dose the system generate reports,if any, automatically?
  1. What’s your general experience of the system?
  1. Will you recommend the system to other libraries?

 

Thanks,

Mason Yang

Electronic Services Librarian

Library & Learning Services

Marymount University

 

Phone: 703-526-6844

Fax: 703-284-1685

mason.yang@marymount.edu

1 Comment on big data and LRS door counters

  1. Plamen Miltenoff
    March 30, 2015 at 3:52 pm (5 years ago)

    http://measurethefuture.net/
    Our goal is to enable libraries and librarians to make the tools that measure the future of the library as physical space. We are going to build open tools using open hardware and open source software, and then provide open tutorials so that libraries everywhere can build the tools for themselves.
    http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201550329/

    From: Jason Griffey [mailto:griffey@gmail.com]
    Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015 8:41 AM
    To: lita-l@lists.ala.org
    Subject: [lita-l] Re: Re: Re: patron/door counter

    I’m not sure if everyone is aware, but this is basically what I’m working on now:

    http://measurethefuture.net

    via funding from the Knight Foundation:

    http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/201550329/

    I’m polishing a blog post that outlines some of the tech side of what I’m working on, that will be up in the next few days. But Measure the Future _is_ working on open source, open hardware, inexpensive people counters…with a twist. It won’t be ready in time to help immediately, but give us 6-8 months and I think we’ll have something to show people.

    Jason

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