The Overhead People Counter is installed above the main entrance, and / or cash register. The persons who enter and exit the restaurant, and at what time, is detected, recorded and stored. The number of persons who pass before the cash register is also recorded. This data can be used to verify cash register receipts vs number of persons and number of bills paid. Since the data is time stamped, the arrival of staff can be discounted by time, and if the traffic through the cash register restricted to customers, provides an accurate record of customer traffic past the register. Cash falsification can then be detected.
Since the data can be remotely accessed through the standard serial data link (by modem), the correlation of cash receipts vs traffic can be done at any time, even several months after the fact, as the traffic data is stored in memory. Suspicious scenarios can thus be evaluated by normal accounting methods in retrospect.
The people traffic can also be used to evaluate peaks and lulls of business, as each time stamp can be specified in minute, 10 minutes or by the hour.
The Overhead People Counter provides unobtrusive monitoring and recording of the traffic through key areas, without the obvious presence of video monitoring. The data can be processed numerically, using standard accounting methods, whereas video monitoring requires labor intensive review of tapes and manual correlation with cash receipts.
The advantages of the Overhead People Counter include:
-Remote, unobtrusive gathering of people traffic
-Data is provided in spread sheet compatible format, time stamped.
-Data can be processed by clerical staff quickly, unlike video tapes
-Low cost of purchase & installation.
-Units can be easily relocated to other sites in a minimum of fuss or cost
-Serial data port allows the monitoring of many locations from one central site.
-Built-In-Test feature provides quick assurance of correct operation.