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I'm trying to find a way how to detect the presence of WIFI enabled devices such as phones in an area.

Is there a tool which would allow me to detect such devices and the respective mac addresses even if such devices are not connected to any network and are just searching for wireless networks?
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Jakob Digranes earned 500 total points
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Yes there is --- I've used this several occasions:

http://www.metageek.net/products/wi-spy/ 
with device finder.

this will pick up both APs aswell as non AP signales, like microwaves, babycalls, headsets, cordless phones +++
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Thanks.

For the sake of clarity, would this device detect wifi devices in it's vicinity that are not connected to any AP?
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it will pick up any device and "thing" sending radio signals.

What are you looking for? A wireless PC or device?
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I would like to understand the movement patterns of clients in an establishment in a non intrusive manner. So, in theory what I'm trying to do is detect the presence of wifi enabled phones in particular areas.

A number of strategically located scanning devices would gather this data from devices in it's proximity, which would be processed in order to analyse movement patterns and improve layout of establishment.

So to answer your question, i'll be looking for phones in the vicinity.
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then this will do the trick for you
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Thanks, and I assume this will allow me to gather MAC addresses from these devices right?
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yes
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Many thanks Jakob
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No problem ----
best of luck
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