With the company’s mission rehearsing planning system, authorities will be able to determine the volume of people flowing through a large area accurately and in real time, as well as model what may happen in the future and take steps to avoid problems.
“It’s a really high-tech approach to an age-old problem of managing large groups of people to keep them safe and avoid catastrophes,” said Bert Ges, director for Cubic’s operations effectiveness group.
Cubic is using the yearly Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia as an example of how the company’s new system can be used.
For events such as NASCAR, Mardi Gras, and the NFL’s Super Bowl, the system would be most useful for tracking the flow of exiting crowds.
Ges added, the technology gives the operational staff what they need to keep people moving through an area with the proper density and pace.
In November, indoor testing was conducted in Orlando to determine the effectiveness of the crowd-counting sensors at heights similar to how they would be mounted.