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Why should you implement workplace occupancy sensors?

Effective decision-making is fundamental to any business. Yet, when it comes to room occupancy, many businesses choose to rely on simple estimates.
Understanding exactly how people move around the workplace with occupancy sensors can profoundly affect how your business operates. Eliminating overcrowding and allocating space efficiently has a direct impact on productivity and affects employee comfort and well-being.
Occupancy sensors

Gaining a comprehensive understanding of how space is used in the workplace isn’t as difficult as it once was. Simply installing a few inexpensive workplace occupancy sensors can give immediate access to detailed time-series room occupancy data. This data is a rich source of insights, as it can reveal trends in employee use of space and provide business owners with actual data that can drive informed decision-making.

Harnessing untapped data: The value of workplace occupancy sensors

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Workplace occupancy sensors can inform many different types of decisions.

In offices, monitoring how spaces such as meeting rooms are used can provide easy routes to significant improvements in efficiency. Workplace occupancy sensors can reveal overcrowded or underutilized areas, providing opportunities to repurpose rooms or redistribute personnel or resources. 

The role of physical offices has changed significantly in recent years, and many business owners are rightly questioning the amount of space being used. In these cases, workplace occupancy sensors provide data on the question of whether it’s possible (and worth it) to downsize to smaller premises.

Workplace occupancy sensors also provide an opportunity to cut energy consumption dramatically. “Smart buildings” use networked workplace occupancy sensors to automate power-hungry systems such as lighting and HVAC in response to usage patterns and real-time demand. By only lighting and ventilating occupied rooms, businesses can quickly reduce their energy expenditure.

How does workplace occupancy monitoring work in practice?

Rather than directly measure the occupancy of entire rooms, most workplace occupancy sensors instead focus on the points of entry to a room. Positioned in doorways, workplace occupancy sensors count people entering and exiting a room or space. This information is then easily converted into a running total of room occupancy.

Workplace occupancy sensors take many forms: from simple break-beam counters to sophisticated and expensive thermal sensors. At Terabee, our workplace occupancy sensors rely on infrared Time-of-Flight (ToF) technology to deliver high accuracy and complete anonymity at a lower price point than comparable systems.

Workplace occupancy sensors from Terabee

The People Counting L-XL is Terabee’s flagship workplace occupancy sensor. Weighing in at just 220 g, the People Counting L-XL device is light and compact enough to be installed above virtually any doorway. Using ToF technology, the People Counting L-XL device processes 3D information from its surroundings to accurately identify people and track their paths, even in crowded, bidirectional traffic. All processing is carried out onboard and no personally identifying information is captured at any point. This provides a hassle-free occupancy monitoring solution which is fully GDPR compliant.

The People Counting M is optimized for narrow entrances and single doorways. Even more compact than the People Counting L-XL device, this workplace occupancy sensor is suitable for applications where other types of occupancy sensor might be cost-prohibited.

Interested in deploying workplace occupancy sensors in your business? Get in touch with Terabee today to find out more about our occupancy monitoring solutions.

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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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