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4 benefits of Time-of-Flight people counters for greater energy efficiency

Time-of-Flight (ToF) people counting technology uses infrared light to measure the distance between a person and a sensor. This technology has a wide range of applications, and one area where it is proving particularly effective is to improve energy efficiency in buildings.

This article will discuss the benefits of ToF people counting for energy efficiency, as well as the anonymity and privacy benefits of this technology.
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Time-of-Flight people counting for improved energy efficiency

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1. Reduce energy consumption

One of the most significant benefits of Time-of-Flight people counters is that they allow building owners and operators to accurately gauge the number of people in a designated space in real-time. By understanding how many people are in a room or space, building managers can adjust heating, cooling, and lighting systems to match actual demand. Occupancy data can be fed directly into the building management system (BMS). This leads to significant energy savings, as these systems are only used when needed.

2. Improve comfort and user experience

When it comes to building automation, data from people counters can help to improve the comfort of occupants and visitor experience. With accurate data on how many people are in a given space, the BMS can adjust temperature and lighting levels to match the actual demand, ensuring that occupants are comfortable and not too hot or too cold.

3. Enhanced building performance

Using data from Time-of-Flight people counters, facilities managers can gain insights into the usage patterns of a building or an area in a building. This data can be used to identify areas of high occupancy and adjust building systems accordingly. This leads to enhanced building performance, improved energy efficiency and lower operating costs.

4. Anonymity and privacy benefits of Time-of-Flight people counters

One of the main issues that people counting technologies face is privacy. However, Time-of-Flight technology offers several benefits in this regard.

Anonymous data collection

This technology collects anonymous data, making it an ideal solution to protect the privacy of employees and customers. Time-of-Flight technology doesn’t collect any personal identifiable information (PII), so there is no risk of personal data being compromised.


Time-of-Flight people counter technology is non-invasive. It doesn’t require any personal information or biometric data to be collected. The technology uses infrared light to measure the distance between a person and a sensor. There is no risk of personal information being collected.

GDPR compliant

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation that requires organizations to protect the personal data of EU citizens. Time-of-Flight people counters are GDPR compliant, as they don’t collect any personally identifiable information, making it a safe and secure solution for organizations that operate in the EU.

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GDPR compliant sensors

Time-of-Flight people counters, made in Europe

The Terabee People Counting L-XL, suited to wide doorways and passages, is an ideal solution for building managers looking to optimize energy usage throughout facilities. With remote device configuration via Device Management Services (PoE model) or via LoRaWAN Download Commands (LoRa model), the People Counting L-XL permits maximum ease of installation and use, with absolute data integrity.

The People Counting M is the compact occupancy monitoring solution for standard doorways. Installation is as simple as fitting a smoke alarm.

Terabee Smart Buildings solutions

People counting solutions are important in building automation, to help reduce energy consumption, and contribute to an overall smarter building. However, expert support for your project is crucial to ensure you receive the most suitable advice, services and support.

Terabee people counting services, can support you with a suite of end-to-end services to maximize the usability of your people counting solutions. Whether you are at the earliest design phase of a project or you require assistance with ongoing maintenance, our technical support professionals are available to help you every step of the way.

Tailor your people counting solution according to your requirements. We are able to help you scope out your people counting needs.

Contact us to speak to an expert about your project’s challenges and requirements.

Related products

Terabee People Flow Counting L-XL

GDPR compliant people counting device. Optimize value and reduce costs from your retail operation, smart building or office space
Using advanced Time-of-Flight technology, Terabee People Flow Counting L-XL is GDPR compliant and provides accurate people counting data (98% accuracy or more) by monitoring the number of people entering and exiting doorways or corridors.

Easy to configure and install on high ceilings, the Terabee People Flow Counting L-XL fits any kind of wide indoor entrance, up to 15 meters in a multi-device setup. Our people counting algorithm is capable of filtering out static objects and counting multiple people passing in both directions below the device as they enter or leave a space.

The solution consists of an IoT people counting device and an optional IoT platform. Two product variations allow transmission of the data via Power over Ethernet or LoRaWAN. Interested? Contact us.

Terabee People Flow Counting M 2.0

Get real-time people counting data for single doorways and narrow corridors
Real-time data is the backbone of our modern, fast-paced world especially when it comes to monitoring space usage, occupancy, energy efficiency, security, building performance or tailored services. The Terabee People Flow Counting M 2.0 device is GDPR compliant by design, with a real-time data capability, providing seamless, accurate, and highly effective footfall measurement, at a competitive price.

Using Time-of-Flight technology, the People Flow Counting M 2.0 solution guarantees anonymity in its operations, prioritizing data privacy protection while offering robust, reliable occupancy monitoring.

People Flow Counting M 2.0 is the perfect addition to your Building Management System. The “smaller sibling” of People Flow Counting L-XL, People Flow Counting M 2.0 is designed for smaller doorways and narrow corridors. It comes in both Power over Ethernet (PoE) and LoRa models to best suit your needs.
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