Defining area occupancy limits

Setting a maximum occupancy limit is useful for controlling how many people are in a given area for safety or legal reasons. Going over the set limit triggers events that can be used to further trigger alarms and actions.

Before you begin

Do the following:

What you should know

Max occupancy requires Synergis™ Softwire 10.7 or later.

To define an occupancy limit:

  1. From the Area view task, select an area and click Advanced.
  2. Under Max occupancy, set the following:
    • Status: Click to hide description
      Set it to ON to enable the max occupancy feature. Enabling a Max occupancy limit on an area generates the following events:
      • Max occupancy reached when the area reaches the configured limit. This event sends the area into a warning state.
      • Max occupancy exceeded when additional cardholders enter the area.
      • Below max occupancy when the number of occupants drops below the configured limit.
    • Type: Click to hide description
      Select from the following:
      • Hard: When the max occupancy limit is reached, it will deny the next access request on the area's perimeter door.
      • Soft: Will not deny subsequent access requests.
    • Max occupancy limit: Click to hide description
      Enter the number of people the area can hold before triggering the limit.
  3. Click Apply.

    The area view in Security Desk's People counting task tracks how many cardholders are in the area, and displays the number next to the area in the entity tree (For example, an area with a six-person limit but only three occupants will show as "3/6"). When the area reaches capacity, its entity turns yellow. If additional cardholders enter the area, the number will turn red.

You can monitor maximum occupancy events in Security Desk's Monitoring or Maps tasks.