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Density sensor lets you avoid the rush at your favorite haunts

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The Density sensor is a small sensor designed to collect foot traffic data
The Density sensor is a small sensor designed to collect foot traffic data
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The Density sensor is a small sensor designed to collect foot traffic data
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The Density sensor is a small sensor designed to collect foot traffic data
The Density sensor has been designed for places with large networks of locations, such as museums, transportation systems and universities
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The Density sensor has been designed for places with large networks of locations, such as museums, transportation systems and universities
Density base and sensor
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Density base and sensor
Density shows consumers the level of foot traffic at their favorite places
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Density shows consumers the level of foot traffic at their favorite places
Density allows consumers to check the best time to visit their venues of choice
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Density allows consumers to check the best time to visit their venues of choice
Density uses API to integrate into application software
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Density uses API to integrate into application software
Density can be integrated into any software
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Density can be integrated into any software

If you've ever been on your sofa and wondered how long you might have to queue for a bike at the gym or how long the wait is for a table at your favorite restaurant, then the Density sensor could provide the answer. Designed to be attached to the entrance of a premises, the sensor captures people's comings and goings to provide real-time and historical data about the volume of traffic passing through.

Roughly the size of a sixth-gen iPod nano (the square one), the Density sensor uses infrared light to detect movement. As such, the sensor doesn't obtain personally identifiable information about anyone like video cameras do. It's also cheaper and more compact.

"Sensors don’t need to be invasive to be useful," Density CEO Andrew Farah told Gizmag. "There’s no reason privacy and people data can’t co-exist."

The data captured by the sensor and collated by theDensity Application Programming Interface (API), allowing developers to integrate it into application software. The Density API is built upon the Representational State Transfer (REST) software architecture and returns JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)responses, which transmit data between a server and a web application, andsupports cross-origin resource sharing.

The API uses token authentication and an application using theDensity Sandbox API can make up to 200 authenticated requests per hour, pertoken. The live API has no rate limiting. This allows large scale collation of data across a wide range ofsites.

"We sell to startups and companies that serve or sell tolarge networks of locations such as POS or loyalty startups, citytransportation systems, non-profits, museums, universities, or marketingagencies," says Farah.

Once a business, museum or university has signed on to Density,it can create an app using the location data that best suits their customers'needs to help drive business in their direction, at no cost to theconsumer.

The device can also help create unique marketing opportunities, such as theone seized by Sacramento-based startup Requested, whose users are notified ofdiscounts available at popular restaurants when Destiny data advises that foot traffic has been slow.

On the consumer side, this translates into valuableinformation about the best time to visit a destination to avoid the crowds. For example, a team at UC Berkeley isadding Density sensors to school gyms and workplaces so students can check on traffic numbers from anywhere on campus.

Companies or businesses can purchase location data from Densityfrom US$25 per location, per month, while the hardware and installation are free.

Source: Density

1 comment
Bob Flint
Just another ploy to monitor traffic, and create a revenue stream. How to predict that the pattern remains the same as you embark to your favorite haunt, even real time is not that accurate, and certainly not your travel time. Expect delays, in not only data, but in your journey as well.