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By: Nick Stogdale on May 23, 2019
Your commercial property has a purpose: to serve the needs of the occupants. Whether you operate across a portfolio of properties or just a few floors of an individual building, having a thorough understanding of occupancy will contribute significantly to the efficiency of your operations, as well as protect the safety and wellbeing of your employees, customers and leaseholders.
Depending on the scale of your infrastructure, lack of insight into the activities that go on throughout your real estate may cause a lot of stress for occupants, maintenance and cleaning staff, as well as visitors and clients.
Various elements factor into the concept of safety when it comes to real estate. Your primary concern should be to ensure that occupants are not harmed whilst using the facility, either through faulty or neglected features of your building or inefficient fire and safety hazards procedures.
Overcrowding, when undetected, could significantly compromise the safety of your occupants and even the integrity of your building's structure. It's not always possible to detect when a specific space has reached capacity without the appropriate technology. Too many people in an enclosed space affects the air quality, the ability of individuals to navigate the area productively and could create a bottleneck effect should a quick evacuation be required in the event of an emergency. Occupancy sensors can provide your operations team with real-time reporting on the current state of your building's capacity and help them to take action when necessary.
Discreetly mounted IoT sensors can give you instant visibility of the occupancy of different areas within the building. These devices can help monitor traffic flow around your building and help identify compromised areas.
With the proliferation of new, flexible working spaces, your building may not require heating and lighting in all areas at all times, such as meeting rooms and corridors. Using real-time occupancy data, IoT devices can control elements such as room temperature and lighting to make sure that you are not wasting any unnecessary resources. This will save your business a tremendous amount of money and help to keep employees happy by anticipating their needs.
De-carbonising the commercial building sector is a significant concern for governments worldwide, taking steps to demonstrate your efforts towards fewer emissions will put your business in a much better position for adapting to new regulations. Furthermore, this makes your organisation more appealing to potential employees, customers and leaseholders that prioritise environmental consciousness.
There is a multitude of reasons and scenarios which require operations teams to understand space utilisation throughout your building:
The demand for smart building technology is ever-growing as businesses, government, and individuals seek to reinvent work and living spaces for environmental, health and wellbeing, financial and social purposes.
People counting sensors can help you to detect when individuals leave and enter your building while allowing them to maintain anonymity. Your facilities management team can gain a far more actionable overview of the premises and be able to respond to issues much quicker. True Occupancy data is collected in an AI cloud platform for analysis, reporting and integration with third-party systems that will give key stakeholders the real-time data they need to make sound business decisions that save you money and keep your premises at the forefront of modern building performance standards. If you’d like to gain some clarity on how your building is being occupied and the opportunities for improvement this presents, get in touch with Irisys today.
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