For retailers that do not want their People Counting data to flow through their main network, we have developed a device that will allow those retailers to use their external 3G service instead. As you can see from the illustration above, the setup is very similar to our original wireless People Counting System with Remote Data Management. Each retail store location would be equipped with a People Counter at each exit within the store, as well as our Sensor Network Gateway (SNG). The SNG is essentially a roster that wirelessly captures the data from the People Counters, and then sends the data to a PC a specific IP address anywhere in the world. The data can be viewed and analyzed using the EasyReports tool within our software application, or by simply typing in the specified IP address/EasyReports into the url bar of any browser.
What is the difference between the traditional SNG and the 3g SNG? The traditional SNG would be connected to the local area network (LAN) in each store, and thus the People Counting data would flow through the retail company’s own internal network. On the other hand, the 3G SNG would not be connected to the retail company’s internal network at all. The 3G SNG’s would send the data to the specified IP address through the 3G service in each of the individual stores, which means the retailers do not have to worry about opening their internal networks too an external device.