Passenger counting tech installed on Hinckley Point runs24 March 2021

Exeros Technologies has announced the successful installation of new passenger counting systems to the bus fleet of Somerset Passenger Solutions (SPS), the sole provider of passenger transport for workers on the huge nuclear power plant construction project, Hinckley Point C (HPC).

The developers of the system say it offers reliable and accurate data for public transport operators, to determine optimum vehicle scheduling based on passenger load.

The system monitors passenger boarding and disembarking locations and times. The technology will allow SPS to process and analyse both historical and real-time data, allowing bus and coach operators to optimise vehicle frequency and routes and adjust vehicle capacity in a timely manner based on demands.

Jay Biring, CTO of Exeros, said: “Unlike previous tech, this high-precision solution relies on innovative 3D sensor technology to accurately map a person getting on or off. Previously this has been a challenge due to errors in imaging techniques. Time-of-flight imaging is something we’re going to be seeing a lot of going forwards, especially with the push towards autonomy in the vehicle space.”

The system is said to able to recognise passenger movements even in crowded situations and in extreme lighting scenarios.

Darren Eaton, commercial director of SPS said: “Our fleet of vehicles are responsible for all passenger journeys to and from Hinckley Point, working around the clock to ensure that construction remains on schedule. As the Hinckley Point project and our fleet continues to grow, this new upgrade to our valuable transport service will enable us to optimise service frequency and adjust vehicle capacity in a very timely manner based on passenger demand.”

Transport Engineer

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