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A guide to Smart Buildings solutions: Applications and benefits

Smart Buildings solutions are key to improving the comfort and energy efficiency of the places you live and work. The latest Smart Buildings solutions and their benefits are outlined in this article.
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Smart interconnectivity is increasingly important in architectural spaces. Developers with a keen eye for innovation have recognized the enormous potential of the Internet of Things (IoT); a trend that has gained traction in commercial, domestic, and industrial areas alike, following the rise of smart devices. This move towards digitalization in commercial buildings has been driven by an array of factors. So the functionality and purpose of smart building solutions are naturally diverse.

What is a smart building solution?

Smart Buildings solutions make use of IoT interconnectivity to optimize the performance of various systems by collecting and processing critical information. Such data allows property managers to derive critical insights into how key resources like energy and space are utilized at different times. Certain processes (heating, lighting, security, etc.) can then be automated through the interconnection of core systems.

Smart Building Solution Examples

Smart Buildings examples

  • Offices: We have equipped the Terabee offices with integrated people counters to help us optimize our available space according to accurate footfall data, thus maximizing the ROI of our physical office space thanks to this smart building solution.
  • Retail: Husense, a Dutch business offering Smart Buildings solutions, worked with Terabee to develop a discrete, GDPR-compliant occupancy monitoring system to ensure social distancing and employee/customer comfort in-store.
  • Sports venues: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the UK is among the most technologically sophisticated sports venues in the world, with footfall counters monitoring activity at concession stands to automatically manage queues in real-time. 
  • Museums: People counting in art galleries and museums has moved beyond ticket tracking with smart building solutions enabling managers to identify popular hotspots and to maximize retail opportunities.

Smart Buildings solutions – A brief word on IoT

IoT is essentially focussing on connecting appliances to the web. Smart Building solutions are thus characterized by wholly- or partially-integrated systems that share critical information with centralized data processing units. The functional components that gather the data necessary for Smart Building platforms to automate energy, security, or usability functions are sensors.

Three benefits of Smart Building solutions


Reinvent public and office environments

Businesses looking to reinvent their environments to improve various KPIs can also deploy Smart Building solutions to enact key infrastructure changes. They can be used to improve the comfort, experience, and safety of users in both public and office environments. Infrastructure value can be increased by making data-driven decisions. Real estate expenditure can also be reduced by making changes based on insights into premise usage.

Optimize the use of resources and energy

Smart Building solutions focussed on the optimization of resources and energy can help companies improve the long-term performance of their properties. Collected data may indicate a need for changes in design infrastructure to better suit the way the building is currently used. An added benefit of this is that space optimization can have tangible environmental benefits, encouraging a switch to greener infrastructures that promote more sustainable business models.

User safety management

Security is another key benefit of smart building solutions. People counters can help you control access to forbidden areas, comply with safety regulations, and to optimize a host of operational costs.

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Smart Building solutions from Terabee

Are you interested in developing smart building solutions? At Terabee, we specialize in the development of compact sensing arrays based on high-performance infrared ToF technology. Explore our product range to read about how our innovative sensors have been deployed in people counting, IoT applications, and more. Or contact a member of the team today with any questions.

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.

TeraRanger Evo People Counter

Low-cost sensor module for system integrators
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Small and discreet, the Evo People Counter module can measure bidirectional pedestrian activity. Evo People Counter is a low-cost sensor solution for system integrators seeking to integrate bidirectional people traffic data into their software solutions and services, while respecting privacy guidelines and regulations. It is ideally suited for integration with door frames, furniture, kiosks, retail point of sale assets and more.

The sensor reports data locally, via USB or UART, while sensor administration can be conducted locally via commands or GUI hosted on a computer.

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