German railways: 1st outside field testing of Paxcounter, using TTN @ Berlin Central Railway Station

Gerhard Peter

Initiator of TTN Berlin and Community Happiness Manager

Posted on 11-07-2018

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This is really good news.

Deutsche Bahn IoT Department today tweeted, that they will do intensive field testing, using Paxcounter (~20 €), in combination with TTN as their prefered, experimental IoT LoRa network, creating smart cities.

Link to the Paxcounter Project - its free - everbody may download and use the sketches

Installation will be @ Central Railway Station of Berlin.

What is Paxcounter?
"Paxcounter is a proof-of-concept device for metering passenger flows in realtime. It counts how many mobile devices are around. This gives an estimation how many people are around. Paxcounter detects Wifi and Bluetooth signals in the air, focusing on mobile devices by filtering vendor OUIs in the MAC adress.

Intention of this project is to do this without intrusion in privacy: You don't need to track people owned devices, if you just want to count them. Therefore, Paxcounter does not persistenly store MAC adresses and does no kind of fingerprinting the scanned devices.

Bonus of this project is that metered data is transferred via a LoRaWAN network, not via usual GSM/LTE or Wifi uplink.

You can build this project battery powered and reach a full day uptime with a single 18650 Li-Ion cell.

This can all be done with a single small and cheap ESP32 board for less than $20."