Optical People Counting for Demand Controlled Ventilation: A Pilot Study of Counter Performance

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This pilot scale study evaluated the counting accuracy of two people counting systems that could be used in demand controlled ventilation systems to provide control signals for modulating outdoor air ventilation rates. The evaluations included controlled challenges of the people counting systems using pre-planned movements of occupants through doorways and evaluations of counting accuracies when naive occupants (i.e., occupants unaware of the counting systems) passed through the entrance doors of the building or room. The two people counting systems had high counting accuracy accuracies, with errors typically less than 10percent, for typical non-demanding counting events. However, counting errors were high ... continued below

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Fisk, William J. & Sullivan, Douglas December 26, 2009.

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This pilot scale study evaluated the counting accuracy of two people counting systems that could be used in demand controlled ventilation systems to provide control signals for modulating outdoor air ventilation rates. The evaluations included controlled challenges of the people counting systems using pre-planned movements of occupants through doorways and evaluations of counting accuracies when naive occupants (i.e., occupants unaware of the counting systems) passed through the entrance doors of the building or room. The two people counting systems had high counting accuracy accuracies, with errors typically less than 10percent, for typical non-demanding counting events. However, counting errors were high in some highly challenging situations, such as multiple people passing simultaneously through a door. Counting errors, for at least one system, can be very high if people stand in the field of view of the sensor. Both counting system have limitations and would need to be used only at appropriate sites and where the demanding situations that led to counting errors were rare.

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  • Report No.: LBNL-3170E
  • Grant Number: DE-AC02-05CH11231
  • DOI: 10.2172/983014 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 983014
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1014245

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Fisk, William J. & Sullivan, Douglas. Optical People Counting for Demand Controlled Ventilation: A Pilot Study of Counter Performance, report, December 26, 2009; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1014245/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.