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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 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.
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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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