A Reliable Transit Passenger Counting and Re-identification System Using Occlusion Proof Biometrics

Period of Performance: 07/25/2016 - 07/25/2018


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Migma Systems, Inc.
1600 Providence Highway
Walpole, MA 02081
Firm POC, Principal Investigator


Automated passenger counter has been used in the transit systems for automated passenger counting and reporting. These systems have suffered counting accuracy issues, particularly at high rider load points, and at end-of-line count reconciliation. In Phase I, we have successfully developed systems for passenger counting and re-identification. Test results using the data collected at a transit bus have shown that Phase I system performed well. The primary goal of Phase II is to develop a commercial product for transit vehicle passenger counting and re-identification under any conditions. It will be a small hardware sensor with embedded microprocessor, and can be easily mounted inside a bus or train, aiming at passenger doors. It draws power from bus or train, counts passengers boarding and alighting, and re-identifies the same passenger who may board and alight at different bus stops or train stations. Sensors have built-in WiFi wireless communication capability. To transmit the passenger data to the transit data management center, bus drivers or train conductors can push one button for data transmission offline. All of the passenger data will be wirelessly streamed to the server and stored. Our biometrics are non-invasive and MBTA will participate in the field tests of this product.