The social distancing management system from IAconnects monitors the people count and occupancy status of communal areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and meeting areas and displays access status accordingly.
Once the count monitors occupancy at an acceptable level to be in accordance with social distancing rules then the access status of a particular area changes automatically.
Once the people flow count (in/out) reaches a certain limit a ‘requires cleaning’ status can also be set to alert building maintenance staff that a particular area requires attention.
Principal of Operation
The kit includes one or more people counting sensors, 2.2" visual displays, and MobiusFlow gateways.
The people counters are mounted on the ceiling above entrances and exits to areas which require monitoring and count the number of people moving in and out of those areas. The in and out count data from the people counters is sent via the network to a connected MobiusFlow gateway. The gateway is able to tally the counts from one or more sensors to determine the total number of people in each monitored area.
If a pre-determined count threshold is reached the gateway will update any associated displays, mounted on the wall at each entrance, with a graphical message to indicate if the area is full and people must wait before entering, or if the area has space and people may enter.
In addition, it is possible to indicate if an area has reached a pre-determined total usage threshold and requires cleaning. An email or text message can be sent to the facilities team if the area requires cleaning.
Preparing for Installation
Parts Included in Kit
The SD001 kit includes one or more of the following items:
MobiusFlow® Edge Gateway with Wi-Fi - Part no. GW001 MobiusFlow enabled gateway from IAconnects transforms your data into business advantage. Allow efficient operation whilst enabling secure data from sensors and controllers stored locally or cloud based to provide intelligent diagnostics and control, resulting in optimum savings for the operator.
People Counting Sensor - Part no. SEN021
2.2” Display Unit - Part no. DISP001
The gateway, people counter(s) and display(s) all need to be connected via a network. This network can be the existing network infrastructure in the building or a dedicated stand-alone network installed for this purpose.
The people counters are PoE (Power over Ethernet) devices and require a physical wired Ethernet connection to the gateway. This is typically the wired Ethernet network in the building, but a dedicated wired network can be installed.
The display units communicate with the gateway via 2.4GHz WiFi. This is typically the existing WiFi network in the building, but the gateway can be configured to act as a WiFi access point (AP) but consideration must be given to the range of this WiFi network.
In all cases, the gateway, people counters and displays must be on the same network and must be able to communicate with each other over this network.
An example of a typical network is shown below:
IP Address Assignment
|Device||IP Address Type|
|Gateway||Static address (IPV4)|
|People Counter||Static address (IPV4)|
Prior to installation and configuration it is recommended that you read the following articles and documents:
|Relates to||Article / Document|
|People Counter||SEN021 People Counter Installation Manual|
|People Counter||SEN021 People Counter Web Settings Manual|
|Gateway||GW001 Gateway Getting Started Guide|
|Gateway||Connecting to your Device|
|Gateway||Changing Mobius Device Network Settings|
The gateway can be installed in any suitable indoor location with access to the wired network and a 13A standard plug socket. Please read the GW001 Gateway Getting Started Guide for detailed information.
- Install and power up the gateway
- If not pre-configured, configure the gateway's network settings (see Changing Mobius Device Network Settings)
- Plug the network cable into the configured port on the gateway
The people counters must be installed indoors on the ceiling above entrance and exits of the areas to be monitored. Please read the SEN021 People Counter Installation Manual and SEN021 People Counter Web Settings Manual for detailed information.
- If not pre-configured, configure the IP settings for each sensor as per the web settings manual. It is recommended that the network settings are configured prior to installation so that the sensors can be finally configured over the network after installation
- Install the sensors as per the installation manual
- Plug the PoE network cable into all sensors and confirm that the LED on the front of the sensor illuminates
The displays must be installed indoors on the wall adjacent to each area entrance.
- Install the displays using screws or double-sided tape
- Power the display using the USB cable and power adaptor supplied
The people counters will come pre-configured to work with the gateway but will require setup of the sensing area. The steps below will guide you through this process. Please refer to the SEN021 People Counter Web Settings Manual during this process. All steps will refer to the relevant sections within this manual.
- Go to section 4 in the sensor manual and connect to the sensor using your laptop. If the sensors have been pre-configured or you changed the IP address for the sensor you should use this IP address and not the default IP address stated in the manual
- Prior to setting the sensing area you should change the default User and Administrator password. Go to section 13 in the sensor manual and change both passwords.
- To setup the sensing area go to section 7.4 in the sensor manual and follow the instructions. Ensure that you have done this correctly by following the instructions in section 8 of the sensor manual. Walk under the sensor in all directions and confirm that the counts are as expected.
A simple dashboard is available on the gateway for verification and testing. Connect your laptop to the same network as the gateway, open a web browser and type xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/dashboard/ui where xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is the IP address of the gateway.
Verify that the counts are correct for each area as people enter and exit the area. Also verify that the displays update correctly when the thresholds are met.