People counting

Your guide to space optimization: Terabee People Occupancy Counting

How can building owners and managers use occupancy data to optimize office space use and reduce energy consumption and energy-related costs?
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In the pursuit of maximizing building use and optimizing energy efficiency while respecting individual privacy, thermal occupancy sensors have emerged as a smart solution for smaller rooms or office spaces.

These sensors use infrared technology to detect heat signatures emitted by humans, offering several advantages in terms of energy conservation, operational efficiency, and compliance with privacy regulations such as GDPR. Here are the advantages that you can benefit from…

Energy efficiency gains

The application of thermal occupancy sensors in compact spaces can significantly contribute to energy conservation. By accurately detecting human presence within a room, the data from these sensors can facilitate the automation of lighting, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Real-time data regarding occupancy status enables intelligent systems to adjust settings dynamically, ensuring energy consumption aligns precisely with occupants’ needs.


Privacy considerations and GDPR compliance

Unlike some other occupancy detection methods, thermal sensors prioritize privacy. By focusing solely on detecting heat signatures, they do not capture or store identifiable personal details. This anonymity ensures occupants’ privacy is preserved, addressing concerns associated with intrusive surveillance or data collection.

Moreover, these sensors align with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) guidelines, as they do not process or retain personally identifiable information (PII). Technologies that rely on anonymous data collection, such as thermal sensors, are compliant with GDPR regulations. Such adherence to stringent privacy standards bolsters user confidence and ensures legal compliance. 

Passive sensing

These sensors do not emit any signals. Instead they passively collect data by detecting heat emitted from objects. This translates into a low maintenance and low power consumption device with consistent performance over time, less interference and simpler installation.

Low-light operation

These sensors can operate in low-light conditions or in complete darkness, making them a versatile option for a wide range of settings and deployment opportunities.

Real-world applications

The adoption of thermal occupancy sensors is gaining traction across various sectors, including commercial buildings, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and residential spaces. 

For instance, in office spaces, these sensors are ideal to measure meeting room occupancy and to know if a room is occupied or not. In educational settings, these sensors are integrated into classroom environments to regulate lighting and climate control systems based on occupancy, leading to reduced energy wastage during unoccupied periods.

Similarly, in auditoriums and reception halls, the data from  these sensors can be used for informed decision-making and so contribute to reducing HVAC-related energy use while respecting occupants’ privacy.

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People Occupancy Counting sensor from Terabee

Terabee’s People Occupancy Counting sensor stands out for its cutting-edge features. Utilizing advanced thermal imaging, this sensor offers real-time, high-precision occupancy monitoring. With its compact design and easy installation, it seamlessly integrates into various environments, from offices and meeting spaces to reception halls, enhancing space management capabilities. The device can focus on multiple regions of interest, up to eight, to monitor or exclude specific areas.

The sensor’s ability to count occupants accurately without capturing personal identifiable information (PII) ensures privacy compliance, aligning with GDPR regulations and respecting individuals’ rights to privacy within monitored spaces. Moreover it ensures precise occupancy tracking in all light conditions. This is ideal for fine-tuning energy management, optimizing space utilization and automating building operations.

Talk to our experienced team about your people occupancy counting needs, by simply outlining your application and any specific needs.


Can Terabee people occupancy counting technology be integrated with existing building management systems, and what are the steps involved in this process?
Terabee’s people occupancy counting technology can be integrated with existing BMS. The process typically involves connecting the Terabee sensors to the BMS via standard protocols like Modbus or BACnet. Detailed integration instructions are provided by Terabee, ensuring a seamless integration process.

Are there any limitations or challenges associated with implementing Terabee people counting devices in different types of environments, such as varying lighting conditions or architectural layouts?
While Terabee’s people counting devices primarily use Time-of-Flight and thermal infrared technology, which are less affected by lighting conditions, there can still be challenges in certain environments such as very bright sunlight. Additionally, architectural layouts with obstacles or reflective surfaces may impact the accuracy of the sensors. Terabee provides guidance on sensor placement and environmental considerations to mitigate these challenges.

How does Terabee ensure the privacy and security of the data collected through their people occupancy counting technology, especially in light of increasing concerns about data protection and privacy regulations?
Terabee ensures privacy and security by designing their sensors to collect only non-personally identifiable information (PII) through thermal infrared technology and Time-of-Flight technology. This means that the sensors do not capture images or any identifiable features of individuals, thus eliminating privacy concerns associated with traditional camera-based systems.

How easily can Terabee’s people occupancy counting system scale to accommodate buildings of different sizes and layouts? Are there any limitations in terms of the number of sensors that can be deployed or the coverage area they can effectively monitor?
Scalability and flexibility of Terabee People Occupancy Counting: the people occupancy counting sensor is designed to be highly scalable and flexible to accommodate buildings of various sizes and layouts. The system can easily scale by adding additional sensors as needed, and there are typically no limitations on the number of sensors that can be deployed within a building. Additionally, Terabee offers people flow counting sensors with varying coverage ranges to suit different space requirements, ensuring effective monitoring across diverse environments.

What kind of maintenance and support services does Terabee offer for their people occupancy counting devices? Are there any ongoing calibration requirements or software updates needed to ensure accurate and reliable performance over time?
Terabee provides comprehensive maintenance and support services to ensure the long-term performance of their people occupancy counting devices. This includes firmware updates to ensure compatibility with the latest technologies and security standards. Additionally, Terabee offers technical support and troubleshooting assistance to address any issues that may arise, ensuring uninterrupted operation and maximum uptime for their customers.

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