People counting - Smart building

Smart Buildings: How can room occupancy monitoring benefit you?

In an increasingly digitized world it is no longer enough for a building to simply provide shelter and warmth. Buildings must provide key services whilst also working as efficiently as possible. With many people spending more than 60% of their time indoors, smart buildings harness the latest technologies in modern infrastructure to transform the way we interact with our surroundings.
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What is a Smart Building?

Smart Buildings use technology to share information about what goes on inside, across systems so that the building’s performance can be optimized. This information is then utilized to automate a range of processes from heating to security. Core systems within a Smart Building are linked, including fire alarms, pumps, power, and lighting. 

If buildings are not optimized, lights may be left on in unused rooms. Or, spaces which are unoccupied may be heated, which wastes money, energy, and resources.

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Benefits of a Smart Building

Overheads and utilities in a building accumulate to a substantial cost for any building owner or user. These are essential expenses, however the expense can be higher due to the lack of information on how buildings are utilized. 

Smart Building technology help to cut costs and improve energy efficiency when systems within the building communicate with one another. By utilizing wasted space, companies can collectively lower their rental costs by around $1.5 trillion as the amount of space needed can be reduced by as much as 30% for many companies. 

Role of room occupancy sensors in a Smart Building

Sensors are an integral part of the data collection process in a Smart Building, informing key decisions about where resources should be allocated. Smart Building systems continuously gather and analyze data, meaning they are often empowered to make automated adjustments. HVAC controllers can autonomously optimize air quality, for instance, improving both hygiene and the physical comfort of occupants. This all translates to improved productivity.

Room occupancy monitoring

The amount of people using a room at any given time is a vital source of information for a Smart Building. It allows for the systems to manage heating, lighting and other utilities. In our current climate, room occupancy monitoring is also critical for health and safety. 

Due to Covid-19, social distancing measures are in place across the majority of work spaces. Room occupancy monitoring can aid these measures by ensuring that the users in a work space do not exceed the permitted number to comply with social distancing measures. The use of sensors end guesswork, allowing for space to be utilized safely and efficiently. 

Terabee Real Time People Counting System

Room occupancy Time-of-Flight technology

Data can be accumulated over time which means that room occupancy can be optimized in the future. Time-of-Flight (ToF) technology is perfect for counting people and optimizing space and Terabee’s ToF technology can be used for this, combined with a range of other applications. Terabee has also developed a people-counting algorithm that is dependably generating 95% accuracy or more. 

Our technology can be integrated into Smart Buildings with ease. It is quickly becoming one of the most accurate ways in which room occupancy and how people use space can be monitored in  business premises. Looking for more information? Contact a member of the Terabee team today using the link below.

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Terabee People Density Calculator

Ensure the people density of shops, buildings and other defined indoor areas remains at a level where social distancing measures can be maintained
Terabee People Density Calculator harnesses the power of our People Counting L-XL devices and links these to a local gateway. In the gateway, you state how many people your building, room or zone can accommodate whilst respecting local social distancing regulations. Using the data from the People Counting L-XL devices, the gateway calculates your people density. It then sends signals to digital signage (not included) to inform your customers when they can enter and when they must wait for other people to first leave your premises. Meanwhile your staff have access to the people density data. They’ll see a count of how many people are present and what percentage density you are currently running at.

With this system your customers will see - very visually - that you are taking measures to safeguard their health. Meanwhile, you can optimize your operations to run at maximum permissible footfall with no need to perform manual counting.

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.

The TeraRanger Evo People Counter is no longer available. You can purchase available stock from our Reseller partners using the link below.

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.
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