RTC-P3 Electronic Retail Traffic Counter:
The RTC-P3 Retail Traffic Counter gives you an enormous amount of flexibility. The RTC-P3 is a modular unit, not an all-in-one unit. This means that the RTC-P3 Retail Traffic Counter is housed in one enclosure. The door sensors are housed in separate enclosures and handle the people counting.
The RTC-P3 can be placed anywhere; however, it is usually placed behind the retail sales counter or in the back office, near the PC or POS to which the it is connected. The RTC-P3 can accept up to three door sensors, which are sold separately and which are described below. The RTC-P3 compiles and saves retail traffic data from the entrances in hourly increments. It saves up to the last 250 days of traffic history. The RTC-P3 can be connected to a PC or POS (Point of Sale Device) via Serial port or via USB port by using a Serial-to-USB Converter cable.
Connecting and Transmitting to a PC:
The RTC-P3 Retail Traffic Counter can be connected to a PC or POS, but it is not required. Most customers keep the RTC-P3 connected to the PC or POS all the time. However, if you don’t have a PC available, you can allow the system to accumulate traffic data and then connect the RTC-P3 to a laptop every once in a while in order to transmit the data. The transmit process only takes a few seconds.
The RTC-P3 transmits the traffic history in a comma-delimited format, which is also referred to as a .csv format (comma-separated values). The .csv format can import directly into Microsoft Excel.
The RTC-P3 also includes our Graphing & Transmission Software at no additional charge. The software allows the user to transmit the data to the PC or POS. It also allows the traffic data to be viewed in various text or graphical formats. Please review the RTC-P3 Software Manual for detailed information about the software capabilities.
Selecting Door Sensors:
There are a few sensor options that can be used with the RTC-P3 Retail Traffic Counter. The RTC-S2X Standard Infrared Door Sensor can sense traffic on entrances as wide as approximately eight feet in directional mode and approximately 13 feet in non-directional mode. We also offer the RTC-S2XL Long-Range Infrared Door Sensor, which can be used on entrances wider than 13 feet. This long-range sensor is useful for wide entrances such as those found in mall environments.
The RTC-S2X and RTC-S2XL use infrared beams to sense the motion of the people. However, we also ofer the RTC-MAG Magnetic Sensor. This is useful if you wish to count a group of people as one group, and not as individuals. This magnetic sensor is also recommended in most cases for customers using the RTC-P3 in operating rooms.
Powering and Connecting the RTC-P3:
The RTC-P3 is powered via a power supply, which is included. The Category 5e/6 networking cable serves two purposes. First, it allows a signal to be sent from the door sensor to the RTC-P3 when activity is sensed. Second, it allows the RTC-P3 to send power to the door sensor through this cable. This means that you do not need any power receptacle or power source at the entrance area.
Calculating the Price of a Full System:
Since the RTC-P3 system is a modular traffic counter system that requires you to select at least one door sensor, let’s talk about how to calculate the price of a given system.
The price of the RTC-P3 Retail Traffic Counter is normally $619 (Now only $349!) and includes the power supply and our Graphing & Transmission Software. You would then have to select one or more door sensors (either the RTC-S2X or the RTC-S2XL). The price of the RTC-S2X is normally $249 (Now only $140!) and the price for the RTC-S2XL is normally $379 (Now only $210!). Therefore, as an example of how to calculate the price of the system, for an installation with one standard entrance, you would need the RTC-P3 and one RTC-S2X. The total price would normally be $868 (Now only $489!).
Any Additional Costs?
We pride ourselves on limiting any additional and having absolutely no ‘hidden’ costs. In the case of the RTC-P3 Retail Traffic Counter, there are only two potential additional costs. First, the Category 5e/6 cable that connects each door sensor to the RTC-P3. Currently, the charge for this cable is $0.18 cents per foot (minimum of $8). Similarly, the RTC-S2XL needs a second Category 5e/6 Cable, which is used to connect the two pieces of the RTC-S2XL together. Most customers choose to purchase this industry-standard cable locally.
Second, you must use a Serial-to-USB converter cable if you do not have a Serial port available on the PC. We offer these converter cables, or you can purchase them locally.
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