An occupancy sensor is an electronic device that is able to detect motion and recognize when a person has entered a room. There are various occupancy sensing technologies, but the most common are passive infrared, microwave, ultrasonic, and video image processing.
Typically ceiling mounted, the sensors are usually connected to a building's Internet of Things (IoT) network and feed data back to building management systems and booking systems that can automate systems for lighting, HVAC, and ventilation control whilst providing data for occupancy analytics systems to understand desk usage, meeting room efficiency and space utilization.
The smart building technology you invest in will largely depend on the needs of your organization. Are you looking to optimize your space utilization, implement desk hoteling, improve energy efficiency, manage your meeting room sizes or enhance employee productivity?
There are various options on the market, and each offers different levels of data and integration capabilities with varied installation requirements. Accuracy, efficiency, and compliance with data protection policies through collecting anonymous data should be amongst your top priorities when selecting an occupancy sensor.
A passive infrared (PIR) sensor, for example, will only tell you whether a zone is occupied or not – not the number of individuals in it. Therefore, this type of sensor is aligned for facilitating desk hoteling. However, it wouldn't be suitable for enabling meeting room management or for understanding space usage for space planning decisions.
Irisys True Occupancy is a complete building occupancy monitoring solution that provides essential occupancy data for everywhere that matters to you, from desks to rooms and open areas to buildings.
The solution gives you accurate, real-time, anonymous occupancy data enabling you to:
- Know when spaces are occupied and how this space is being used.
- Identify underutilized spaces, such as if you have the right size meeting rooms for the average number of people that use them.
- Identify high footfall locations and ensure that these zones are well managed from a hygiene and utility perspective.
- optimize your space in order to design practical workspaces that meet the needs of your employees.
- improve your energy efficiency profile by reducing wastage.
- keep on top of hygiene and maintenance throughout your estate.
- save money on energy by controlling the lighting and temperature in vacant spaces.
- manage desk and meeting room usage that will enable better experience for your staff and help to improve their productivity by gaining visibility over conference room or workspace availability.
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.
Ultimately, smart building technology will have a transformative effect on operations, enabling key stakeholders to monitor and assess essential data about how a building or space is being used. Increasingly, occupants, employees, and facilities management staff expect some aspects of a building's functionality to function automatically.
As you embrace more of these smart building technologies into your standard operations, choosing solutions that can scale with your growing requirements is essential. True Occupancy offers seamless integration through pre-built connections and standard protocols to connect reliable occupancy data with desk and meeting room booking systems, cleaning scheduling tools, building management systems, and more.
True Occupancy offers one of the most comprehensive 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. To book a free demo and experience the benefits of True Occupancy for yourself, get in touch with us today.