With these changes, the way buildings are utilized and managed is also evolving, to become more sustainable, providing comfortable and efficient working environments for employees and building users. Facility management (FM) is not a new concept, but it is changing rapidly and must continue to do so to keep up with the developments of Smart Buildings and smart building devices.
What is a Smart Building?
A Smart Building is fitted with smart devices, sensors, systems, and networks that all work together to gather usage data, to enable resources to be used more efficiently and to provide a comfortable working space for personnel and building users.
Smart Buildings are also known as automated, connected, or intelligent buildings because the implemented systems can run automatically, and multiple devices can be connected to a system that shares its acquired data and intelligence.
These Smart Buildings can provide a wide range of data and information about how resources are used and how many people are in the building or specific rooms. The collected data can then support facility managers to make informed decisions about how services are used and what would make them more efficient.
What data can be obtained through smart buildings and installed devices?
So, what data can make Smart Buildings more efficient? There is quite a list! Through the Internet of Things (IoT), operations such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, security, and maintenance can be controlled or even automated through computers or mobile phones. By automating these processes, facility managers can focus on other aspects of their role and help businesses save money by reducing wasted energy, human resources and supplies.
Saving resources, energy, and money are made possible by analyzing the data from smart IoT devices within the building. The data that property managers and business owners can obtain and monitor include the following:
- Climate control
- Electrical usage
- Fire detection
- Occupancy rates
- Predictive maintenance
- Security control
- Water monitoring
This information can help managers make business decisions based on real-time and historical data to manage the above aspects of a building. However, it is important to mention that climate and lighting control, predictive maintenance, and safety decisions often require people or occupancy monitoring systems to be installed first to understand what resources are being used and how frequently.
Why are people counting systems installed?
People counting systems are installed for several reasons. They provide data that can be used for multiple safety and security decisions but also help analyze how much space is required in a room or building to prevent overcrowding. Optimizing space allows facility managers and business owners to increase the comfort and safety of employees, to use resources more appropriately and to make other informed decisions for the safe and energy-efficient running of the business.
Facility management is evolving due to the combination of Smart Buildings, smart devices, and the Internet of Things. People counting sensors provide data that is used to automate most building conditions, which is a positive step forward for managers as it is less time-consuming. It also helps reduce the environmental impact of a building by only using the necessary resources, based on demand.
People counting solutions with Terabee
People counting solutions are primarily installed in Smart Buildings to gather accurate usage information, for facility planning, to reduce costs and environmental impact and to make the building more comfortable for users.
The data that people counters provide is invaluable to business owners and facilities managers, as it can be used to manage systems within the building, such as HVAC, maintenance, and security measures.
Terabee provides people counting solutions that are GDPR-compliant by design as they don’t use a camera or record any personal identifiable information (PII).
Through our expertise, we provide a range of products and supporting services, such as our People Counting M and People Counting L-XL systems, device management services, guidance, and more.
Terabee people counting solutions are delivered ready for discrete installation above conventional to large doors or passageways. They are optimized for easy software and hardware integration with an optional analytics portal.
Terabee People Counting L-XL
The People Counting L-XL is Terabee’s largest overhead people counter, but with a weight of just 220g and measuring around the same size as a fire alarm, it’s lightweight enough to suit a vast range of applications.
Using Time-of-Flight technology, the People Counting L-XL device filters out static objects and tracks human traffic across its field of view. To cover wider doorways, up to five People Counting L-XL devices can be networked together, enabling accurate people counting even across extra-wide entrance ways with complex traffic flow.
This smart buildings device, People Counting L-XL, protects anonymity with 98%+ people counting accuracy. Two product models allow transmission of the data via Power over Ethernet or LoRaWAN.
Terabee People Counting M
The Terabee People Counting M is a small and discrete counting system suitable for single doorways and narrow corridors. It is GDPR compliant and has 95% or higher data accuracy. Whatever smart system you have in place, the People Counting M can be implemented via WiFi or Ethernet and provide real-time data helping you make better business decisions.
Contact us today for more information on how people counting solutions can support your facility management.