Installation & Commissioning

The commissioning software for the Observer series of people counter and tracking devices is installed on a Windows PC which must be connected to the same IP subnet that connects the Observer units. The observer units expect be given an IP address (see Part # )so they can announce themselves to the Windows machine that hosts the commissioning software.

The software not only allows for calibration of the units, it provides access to the unit's log facility, manages floorplans, installs and manages counting lines and polygon-counters.

The commissioning procedure is kept as simple as possible to facilitate quick and easy setup of a counting/tracking application: All Observer devices announce themselves to the commissioning tool - provided the tool and the devices are on the same network.

The user is subsequently guided through the calibration of each Observer unit as well as adjacent units if the application involves counting and tracking over an aggregate field of view stitched together using multiple Observer units.

Live data is available through the commissioning tool itself for demonstration purposes and smaller installations, the tool supports auto-start feature with a preconfigurable layout in full-screen mode for venues that desire to display live counting and tracking data.

For professional applications, live data will be read from the database, either the internal database through ODBC, or the counter/tracker is configured to send track data to an external database through ODBC. Track data consists of the x/y/t triplet (position & time) of each person within the single or aggregate field of view (if multiple Observer units are configured to operate on a larger area).

Further details about one or more Observer tracking unit can reviewed and changed via the Properties tab. While each unit can be configured at length, the common settings involve the details of the destination database, i.e. whether the data is to be stored locally inside the Observer unit or whether it is sent to an external database via ODBC.

Changes in some settings require the Observer to restart the tracking process to take effect, namely changes in the dept-image resolution, track storage database etc.

Each Observer further maintains a detailed log that provides details in case an installation needs troubleshooting.

The software has been designed with larger tracking installations in mind. Features such as the categories - which permits grouping of Observer devices in arbitrarily large number of categories and subcategories - as well as reviewing and changing device settings for entire categories, greatly streamline the devices' installation and management processes.

To better display the events in real-time or signage-mode for visualization, the software supports import and scaling of floorplans. Floorplans can be in any image format, be it from CAD systems or simple BMP files. Tools are available to scale and move them to serve as suitable backdrop for actual positions and tracks.