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Insights into occupancy management today

The COVID-19 pandemic upended all walks of life with business managers and commercial real estate specialists finding themselves in unchartered territory. Commercial office spaces emptied, support work-from-home schemes expanded and now hybrid work is here to stay (1). Building managers need accurate data to ensure operational efficiency in a post-pandemic landscape. Occupancy management systems are central to this “new normal”.
Insights into occupancy management

What’s new in occupancy management technology?

Occupancy management refers to the full suite of solutions designed to optimize space utilization in commercial environments, and real-time people counting data is critical to the latest innovations in space management. Moving towards a dynamic understanding of foot traffic and space usage is essential to managing a hybrid workforce.

According to JLL, 66% of employees expect to adopt a hybrid working pattern now or in the future (2). Employees fluctuating between remote and in-office working on a flexible basis means spaces are used differently from day to day. Therefore, real-time people counting technology is the crux of modern occupancy management solutions. Counting the number of people using your space accurately offers a level of flexibility necessary for meeting the varying requirements of your workforce.

Selecting the right type of sensors is just one aspect of establishing accurate people counting solutions. Accommodating the needs of individuals, teams, and whole organizations requires people counting systems backed up with intelligent management software. However, time, just like space, is a vital resource for business managers.

Insights into occupancy management

Benefits of real-time occupancy management data

Real-time tracking and enhanced integration enable you to manage your space dynamically by implementing live floor plans and workspace reservation systems. Live room and space occupancy data can be used to trigger alerts in the event of overcrowding. Cleaning schedules can be effectively managed to ensure best hygiene practices when hot-desking or adjusted to avoid time wastage.

There are numerous benefits to using people counting sensors and platforms that support live visualizations of traffic data. At the top level, a real-time occupancy management system can help you reshape your workplace and workforce in a way that promotes better health, wellness, safety, and sustainability, all while preserving your bottom line.

Terabee People Counting devices for accuracy and privacy protection

Building management systems can be linked to occupancy management solutions via a choice of platforms. The Terabee People Counting L-XL device, with 98%+ people counting accuracy, features 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.

Our People Counting M device, designed for smaller doors and narrow corridors, is also optimized for real-time people counting. Considered the “smaller sibling” of the People Counting L-XL, the Terabee People Counting M is a low-cost solution for modern occupancy management platforms. With 95% counting accuracy, it provides direct data integration to Cloud and server storage.

Insights into occupancy management

Moreover both Terabee solutions are GDPR compliant by design. They are unable to capture any personal identifiable data (PII) as they work with Time-of-Flight technology, not images.

If you are looking for new people counter solutions for commercial occupancy management, contact a member of the Terabee team today to learn more about our products.

Resources and further reading

  1. MIT IDE Paula Klein, Editor (May 27, 2022) Hybrid Work is Here to Stay; Now What? [online]:
  2. JLL April (2021) Shaping the future of work. How to develop a hybrid workplace [online]:

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