Swinburne University makes students’ lives easier by counting them

People counting solution from Axis helps top university deliver transparency as a service so students can be more productive

“The fact that we are able to use our existing camera infrastructure and access the counting data in real time, gives us a much better chance of predicting the occupancy level at a certain study area.” Chris Goetze, IT Security Officer, Swinburne University of Technology.


For over 25 years, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne has consistently ranked among the top 400 universities in the world. With this well-respected status comes a large number of students. CIO Derek Whitehead had the idea of increasing’ transparency as a service’ to guide students towards free study areas that, as Assistant Director Shane Skidmore said, “would save time and increase their productivity”.


The university tested different people counting solutions to reach the desired goal. However, many of the systems they tested were flawed in various ways; ”non-bidirectional counting, expensive and accuracy issues” as claimed by Chris Goetze, IT Security Officer, responsible for developing the surveillance ecosystem. With AXIS People Counter, the university was able to integrate the new technology alongside its current system, significantly reducing costs. Along with implementing the people counting solution, the IT department also developed an HTML5 mobile web app, so students easily would find free study space on campus by using the app.


The cooperation between the IT department and the on-campus library has resulted in the technology already being set up in 8 campus study spaces. Kim Tairi, Associate Director of Information Management has said that “using available technology in an innovative way is a win for the students.” As the new system is rolled out, more locations will be added which will ultimately provide a better service for the students at the university.

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