An occupancy sensor is an electronic device that detects the presence of a person. There are various occupancy sensing technologies, but the most common are infrared, microwave, ultrasonic, and video image processing.
Occupancy sensors are usually connected to a building’s Internet of Things (IoT) network and feed data back to alarms or building automation systems for lighting control, ventilation, and zone access.
The smart building technology you invest in will largely depend on the needs of your organization. Are you looking to optimize your space utilization, improve energy efficiency, or enhance employee productivity?
There are various occupancy sensors on the market, each offering different levels of data and integration capabilities. Accuracy, efficiency, and compliance with data protection policies should be amongst your top priorities when selecting an occupancy sensor.
A PIR sensor, for example, will only tell you whether a zone is occupied or not – not the number of individuals in it. Details like this are significant if you're trying to understand usage and come up with better solutions for floor plans and facilities.
The True Occupancy sensors, on the other hand, will give you accurate real-time occupancy data. Access to precise and comprehensive occupancy information enables you to:
- Know when the occupancy limit is reached for a room.
- Alert cleaning teams to attend to washrooms once a certain number of visitors have made use of the facilities.
- Identify high footfall locations and ensure that these zones are well managed from a hygiene and utility perspective.
More and more businesses and organizations are growing increasingly conscious of the inefficiencies that their buildings may exhibit.
With mounting concerns about energy consumption, hygiene, and occupants' user experience, incorporating occupancy IoT sensors into your facilities management systems can significantly improve the performance and utility of your buildings.
With the real-time data collected from your occupancy sensor, you can:
- Design practical workspaces that meet the needs of your employees.
- Save money on energy by controlling the lighting and temperature in vacant spaces.
- Improve your energy efficiency profile by reducing wastage.
- Provide immediate visibility over conference room or workspace availability.
- Allocate infrastructural resources to the parts of your building that need it the most.
- Keep on top of hygiene and maintenance throughout your estate.
- Deliver excellent user experience while still maintaining the privacy of your occupants.
Smart building technology is driven by the demand for more sustainable building management practices, energy efficiency goals, and the necessity to create dynamic, responsive, and optimized environments for occupants.
The electronic hardware you choose to install throughout your smart building needs to effectively integrate and feedback into your existing platforms so that you can experience the long term benefits of making such an investment. True Occupancy sensors collect and store data in a cloud platform that allows different stakeholders to view and analyze this information remotely or whilst on-site.
As the necessity for automation accelerates in the smart building realm, you'll want technologies that can scale with your growing requirements. True Occupancy offers seamless integration through APIs, enabling more efficiencies and benefits to accommodate the changing needs of your building and its occupants.
True Occupancy offers one of the most comprehensive occupancy solutions on the market. Our occupancy sensors connect to an intuitive dashboard that gives your property and facilities management teams immediate insight into a building's real-time utilization. From there, decision-makers can analyze the data, track performance against KPIs, and make adjustments at the most effective times.
Our devices are non-intrusive, protect the privacy of occupants, and provide a cost-effective means of scaling your monitoring strategy as and when you need to.
True Occupancy sensors can be found globally in office spaces, restaurants, washrooms, meeting rooms, universities and a host of other on-site facilities. We are trusted by many well-known organizations to assist with space planning, cost-saving initiatives, occupant wellbeing and employee productivity strategies.