Developing a methodology for validating pedestrian counts from Wi-Fi sensors to aid in quantifying the ambient population

Annabel Whipp, Nick Malleson and Jon Ward
Typically, populations have been quantified through the use of censuses and household surveys, which capture the place of residence of individuals; this data fails to capture the fluctuations in populations which occur temporally. Temporal fluctuations can aid in quantifying the ambient population, which is an integral element of urban dynamics and a valuable tool for policy makers. Counts from Wi-Fi sensors are one way in which estimates of the number of people in an area can be gathered. This project highlights the issues associated with validating these counts and facilitates discussions regarding alternative to validation utilising manual counts.

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