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Harnessing Time-of-Flight people counting for energy efficiency gains in buildings

Time-of-Flight people counting technology is rapidly gaining popularity in the building automation industry. This innovative technology has the potential to enhance energy efficiencies in buildings, providing a range of benefits for facility managers, building occupants and visitors.
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In this article, we will explore the benefits of Time-of-Flight (ToF) people counting for energy efficiencies in buildings, as well as the anonymity and privacy benefits of this technology.

People Counting Industry Adoption

Enhanced energy efficiencies

One of the most significant benefits of Time-of-Flight people counting is enhanced energy efficiencies in buildings.

By having accurate counting data on the number of people in a given space, facility managers can optimize energy consumption, reduce waste and decrease energy expenditure.

For example, if a room or space is unoccupied, the lighting, heating, and cooling systems can be turned off or reduced, saving energy and money.

Additionally, with historic occupancy data, facility managers can identify trends and adjust systems to better align with usage patterns, further optimizing energy consumption and expenditure.

Anonymity and privacy benefits

Another benefit of Time-of-Flight people counting is the data anonymity and privacy it provides. Unlike some other forms of people counting such as using traditional CCTV cameras, which capture video footage of individuals, Time-of-Flight technology only detects and counts the number of people in a given space. This count is output as a number.

Time-of-Flight people counters from Terabee don’t capture any personally identifiable information (PII), such as facial features or clothing, ensuring anonymity for building occupants. Data from Terabee people counting is non-intrusive, with GDPR compliant and data privacy protection by the very design of the technology.

Industry adoption

In the building automation industry, Time-of-Flight people counting technology is gaining traction. Terabee Time-of-Flight people counters sensors can be integrated with building management systems, providing real-time and historic occupancy data to facility managers.

Time-of-Flight people counting technology can be incorporated into Smart Buildings solutions, which leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) to optimize energy consumption and enhance occupant comfort. This can mean automatic adjustment of lighting, heating, and cooling systems based on occupancy data, providing significant energy savings while maintaining occupant comfort.

As well as the anonymity and privacy benefits of Time-of-Flight technology can provide a sense of security for building occupants. As this technology continues to advance, we can expect to see further adoption in the building automation industry, contributing to enhanced energy efficiencies and occupant comfort.

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Non-instrusive European-made people counters

Terabee people counters provide access to accurate room occupancy data at a fraction of the cost of other systems.

The People Counting L-XL has a wide field of view (1.50 x 1.10 m when installed at a height of 2.40 m). Multiple units can be easily connected together to provide coverage of extra-wide entranceways up to 15 m across. 

The smaller People Counting M offers ToF sensing technology into an even more concise package. It delivers a versatile solution suitable for single doorways. You can have the two devices in your solution, since the output format is the same.

Tailor your people counting solutions according to your unique needs.

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

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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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