Technology & Products / 24.05.2013

HELLA presents People Counter at International Association of Public Transport congress and trade fair


Lippstadt, 24 May 2013. HELLA is presenting solutions for automatic people counting at the 60th world congress and the Mobility & City Transport exhibition of the International Association of Public Transport UITP (Union Internationale des Transports Publics) from May 26 to 30 in Geneva. Visitors can gain a comprehensive impression of the People Counter APC at the HELLA stand (2D 635). This device was developed for mobile use in buses and trains, but is also suitable for stationary use for counting people in terminals, train stations and on train platforms.

With an accuracy level of over 98 percent, the HELLA People Counter reliably registers people and objects even under tough operating conditions such as varying light and temperature conditions or dense crowds. Two wide-angle video cameras monitor a detection area of two by two meters stereoscopically. The data collected is evaluated by intelligent image processing. Pendular movements that often occur around the doors of a vehicle are reliably recognized and do not lead to multiple counts. Furthermore, the sensor technology is able to differentiate between adults and children. Luggage or bicycles are also recognized as such and do not cause any false counts. As well as counting, it is also possible to record and transmit video data, allowing the accuracy of the count to be evaluated at any time. Using video transmission, the vehicle personnel can view the door area if needed, additionally increasing travel safety.

The device's embedded design combines recording, evaluating and forwarding data. Modular hardware and a flexible software architecture enable the HELLA People Counter to be connected to almost any backend system. Thanks to its high-performance sensors, only one device is required per vehicle door. The People Counter APC is a very attractive solution thanks to its easy commissioning, remote maintenance facility plus remote configuration and functional extensibility. The robust construction increases the equipment's stability and protects it against vandalism. Another special feature is the integrated self diagnosis that independently indicates faults in the optical system area.

As one of the leading automotive suppliers, HELLA can look back on many years of experience in the development and manufacture of camera-based, safety-related driver-assistance systems. HELLA successfully uses its comprehensive expertise in image processing and 3D camera technology in electronic passenger counting.

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Dr. Markus Richter
Company Spokesman
Rixbecker Str. 75
59552 Lippstadt, Germany
Tel.: +49 2941 38-7545
Fax: +49 2941 38-477545