Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 30th March 2015
LITA discussion (attached below) on how one can easily do real-time but also big-data like estimate of patrons’ attendance in the library.
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.
On Mar 28, 2015, at 2:49 PM, Mason Yang <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
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!
- what’s the model and the brand of the door counter system?
- Wired to your network or wireless connected to the internet?
- Does the system count the number of entries/exists hourly?
- Dose the system generate reports,if any, automatically?
- What’s your general experience of the system?
- Will you recommend the system to other libraries?
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