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Cathare Trail, France

France
  • Natural Areas
A dozen SLAB counters have been installed along the 250 km (155 mi) Cathar Trail in the upper Aude Valley. The count data has been compared with da...
A dozen SLAB counters have been installed along the 250 km (155 mi) Cathar Trail in the upper Aude Valley. The count data has been compared with data from field surveys of visitors; surveys of local accommodation providers (campgrounds, mountain huts, cottages, hotels, etc.); telephone and mail surveys; panel discussions (academics, technicians, etc.); and local tourism promoters (hiking guide sales, etc.) to assess the socio-economic impacts of trail hiking.

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Mount Sainte-Victoire, France

France
  • Natural Areas
Two car counters and approximately ten SLAB counters were installed at strategic points (parking lots, dams, lakes and other points of interest) on...
Two car counters and approximately ten SLAB counters were installed at strategic points (parking lots, dams, lakes and other points of interest) on Mount Saint-Victoire in southern France since 2002. The quantitative data logged at these points was combined with a large-scale qualitative study in 2009. The study revealed, among other things, that the flows of visitors had shifted and that areas that initially had not often been frequented by visitors had a much higher chance of being accessed.

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Norwegian Institute
for Nature Research, Norway

Europe
  • Natural Areas
A proposed project to close a mountain hut and a number of roads in order to protect the local wild reindeer population has been a subject of debat...
A proposed project to close a mountain hut and a number of roads in order to protect the local wild reindeer population has been a subject of debate in an area of Northern Norway for several decades. To justify the project’s viability, the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) has installed Eco-Counters to compare the spatial and temporal distribution of visitors with the GPS positions of the wild reindeer.  

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Portofino National Park, Italy

Europe
  • Natural Areas
Eco-Counters with the ability to distinguish between different types of users had major positive impacts on Portofino National Park in Italy. It wa...
Eco-Counters with the ability to distinguish between different types of users had major positive impacts on Portofino National Park in Italy. It was a very effective way for park managers to resolve usage conflict between cyclists and pedestrians.

Discover case studiesfrom our work with natural areas around the world

In rural areas, trail managers are often faced with the question: how many people use the trail each day? Each month? The remote nature of our favorite trails presents one of their greatest challenge: understand how they are used. For trail managers, count data is an essential tool to promote, maintain, and grow a trail network. Eco-Counter offers robust, reliable counters than blend into the natural environment and are built to last. From rural Colorado to the French Alps, our counters are trusted on some of the world`s most beautiful hiking and biking trails.

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Eco-VisioAnalyze and share easily your count data

With Eco-Viso 5, your count data is accessible at any given moment and preferred data analyses are saved and automatically updated daily.

With Eco-Visio 5, your data analyses are presented in the form of a personalised dashboard. Data are visible at any given moment, saved in real time on your account.

Dashboards consist of a variety of interactive ‘widgets’ – dynamic data visualization modules. Organize and personalize your dashboard as you wish with over a dozen widgets, including:

  • Tables with automatically-generated key figures
  • Interactive charts and graphs
  • Maps of counter location and business

Widgets are dynamic, allowing you to easily filter counting sites, time-periods, or parameters. Explore these widgets directly on your dashboard – data is automatically updated and waiting for you when you login.

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Preserve & managenatural areas

With our robust & discreet pedestrian counters like the SLABs or the ReCycled Post you can easily obtain data to promote, maintain, and grow a trail network.

You can also publish the data in the form of high-impact reports to communicate with stakeholders or the public on natural area preservation policies and measures.

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