3D Passenger Counting System for Phoenix

Bridge Technology has announced the first US installation of its new iris MATRIX automatic passenger counting system at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s PHX Sky Train.  The new technology, with 3D sensors, is designed to keep the trains operating efficiently.  “Sky Train customers will benefit with less congestion, which means getting to their destination with less hassle”, said Ian McDonald, CEO of Bridge Technology.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the first airport in the United States to use the innovative, new MATRIX Automatic Passenger Counting (APC) System.  It is being installed by Phoenix-based Bridge Technology for the Airport’s new PHX Sky Train, scheduled to enter service in early 2013.
The passenger counting system, which is claimed to have greater than 99% accuracy, will assist the airport with load and capacity planning.  Adding this passenger-counting capability to the PHX Sky Train is expected to reduce operating costs and be able to enhance customer service.
PHX Sky Train is expected to reduce auto congestion along the main roadway running through the airport and may potentially result in reducing a day’s road traffic by nearly 20%; thereby significantly reducing kerb congestion and pollution.  
Bridge Technology says that studies show that automated trains are the most efficient way to move people through airports.  The PHX Sky Train is estimated to carry 5 million passengers the first year and as many as 35 million when all stages of construction are completed by 2020.
“Success in the transportation industry can be the difference between transporting one passenger and 30 passengers,” said Mr McDonald, the US integrator of APC systems for airports.  “Our Matrix APC System optimises processes and reduces costs for public transport.”
Mr McDonald stated that the MATRIX APC System has an innovative detection principle using the speed of light “Time-of-Flight (TOF)” technology.  This 3D technology using a 4 pixel array sensor was first deployed in the US by Bridge Technology at San Francisco International Airport’s AirTrain in 2006.  Phoenix Sky Harbor is the first airport in the US to deploy the new 500 pixel array sensor developed by iris-GmbH, headquartered in Germany.  It is also the only technology not impacted by environmental conditions.
MATRIX uses direct connection to Ethernet or CAN interface.  “At Sky Harbor, the data is sent wirelessly every time the door closes to a central processing centre and is accessed by airport staff via the internet in real time,” McDonald explained.
The system generates a 3D-image of the door space, so that individual people are detected even in tightly packed crowds.  With TOF, the detection and direction of people within the visual field can be determined with very high accuracy.

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  1. Interesting concept and well done to Bridge Technology for introducing such a tool to the market … if it can help improve efficiencies for the movement of passengers and future planning … good on them!

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