City Of Melbourne

Pedestrian Counting System - Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the 24PM pedestrian counting system and data visualisation are featured below.

What is the pedestrian monitoring system?

The pedestrian counting system is an automated pedestrian counting system that is designed to collect and disseminate pedestrian traffic data.

The system comprises pedestrian counting sensors to detect movements, an event loggers for data collection and transmission, and software for data analysis, reporting and visualisation.


Why does the City of Melbourne monitor pedestrian movements?

The information obtained from high quality continuous pedestrian monitoring is extremely useful for the City of Melbourne and other organisations. The data, which represents volume of pedestrians or people in an area, can be used:

- as a key performance measure to monitor and evaluate the effects of pedestrian infrastructure investments

- to monitor and evaluate the impact of ongoing and major events in the city

- to assess and respond to current needs and forecast future demands to improve walking in the city

- to assess and address risks associated with walking

- to better understand the environmental impacts and benefits of walking

- to inform emergency response planning

The data is also useful for businesses to determine property values, security needs and staffing requirements. Businesses can also use the data to inform their marketing strategies to maximise exposure to passing pedestrian traffic and attract potential customers.


Does 24PM record personal information?

No personal information is recorded. The pedestrian monitoring system counts pedestrian movements, not images.


How do I use the visualisation tool?

The tool allows you to visualise pedestrian volumes in various locations in the city on any given day in comparison to average pedestrian volumes for four preceding days of the week and time.

By comparing with average volumes of four preceding same days of the week, the tool illustrates the difference between pedestrian volume on the selected day and relatively normal day. Therefore, you can assess the impact of a specific event on pedestrian activity in the city.

You can start by selecting the day (year, month and date) that you are interested in and pressing the play button to see pedestrian movements over a 24-hour period or selecting a time box from the time bar to see pedestrian volumes at that time.