The seatfinder is an overview of study spaces and their current utilisation in the HSG Library and on campus of the University of St.Gallen.
The current number of occupied and free seats at nearly all locations is estimated every 5 minutes from the number of devices (e. g. smartphones, tablets, notebooks, ..) that are currently logged into the wireless access points at these locations. The estimation method is based on a machine learning algorithm that uses manual counts or estimates from library employees as training data.
A note on privacy: Of course, the guidance system does not capture data of individual network devices but solely the total number of all devices at respective locations. The data captured by the guidance system cannot unveil the location of some device or user.
Arrows show the trend of occupied seats during the last half hour before the currently displayed allocation: