Your Guide To Occupancy Sensors For The Modern Workplace
29th May 2021


Introduction to sensors 

The modern world has brought about many changes to reduce the burden off the shoulders of individuals and offer them a less complicated life. With technology, many new things have come up in the market, including modern sensors that work just by sensing the presence of humans in the surroundings and automatically carry out their work. They are available in huge types, sizes and colours in the market and are of utmost use in the pandemic-stricken world. Besides, they make a workplace less boring and much more interesting for the employees to come every day.   

How to choose the right sensor?


To install the right occupancy sensors in a workplace or a specific area, an individual should keep the following points in mind:

· Consider the main goal: the clients want to satisfy three main goals while installation of sensors. These include using the meeting rooms in an effective manner where all the desks and spaces are used properly and to ensure the workplace's capacity matches with the preferences of the employees. Understanding whether a workspace is underutilized or overutilized is the primary motive to keep up with all the market demands and know their potential to further use resources accordingly. 

· Data needs should be known: once an individual has an idea of the target to be achieved and the timeframe in which it should be completed, the type of data that is to be used should be known well. Companies that are in consolidation mode utilize their primary space and make use of all the unpopular spaces as the company grows. An organization should also know about their investment cost in technology before moving forward with a complex level. Granularity comes with the right cost and complexity.    

· The needs should be matched with the types of sensors: most of the sensors fall on a spectrum system and deliver the results in granular levels but at higher costs. Goals and specific data should be aligned along with trade-offs for each level to know about the sensor need that will be useful both now as well as in the future. These are the following options:

1. Vibrating sensors: they detect the presence of a human by using accelerometers that are present inside the sensors and are cost-effective but have a very limited scope of use that is limited to sofa seating, phone booths, couches and other specific use areas only. The office areas adapt to the sensors accordingly, and in this way, all the alternate office spaces are revalued and given a whole new purpose. 

2. Imaging sensors: they lie on an expensive and sophisticated spectrum that captures all kinds of light distinctions and further convert them into signals that are very similar to a camera. Besides, the greater granularity of data is ensured by the application of computer vision, and they also process inputs on-sensor. They have greater flexibility and can collect data of a huge number of individuals in an instant, along with measuring the occupancy within predefined and multiple workspaces that come within a specific range of sensors. 

3. Passive infrared sensors (PIR): they have been in use for more than a decade and are one of the most cost-effective options that measure occupancy. They determine the use of space by detecting the heat of that area when people move there. They receive light in an infrared form and are called passive sensors. Also, they are binary and can easily determine the occupancy in an area. All this data can also be tracked by using a real-time app that gives updates on this data from time to time. 

What are the best at?

The occupancy detection sensors are capable of all the functions that even include indoor positioning. Sensor solutions depend on the location and the built-in capacity. The future groundwork lays in workplace intelligence and brings optimum value to an organization for the long term. The data is leveraged for enhancing and providing the best experience to the employees and further briefing them on the use of employee tools that offer the best experience. The right use of resources is provided that gives better visibility into all the dynamics and interactions carried out by the system to make decisions on all the spaces. With the evolving world of workspaces, the occupancy sensors will also improve with time and as per the clients' current requirements to meet their specific goals and investment budgets. 

What do they offer?

The occupancy sensors ensure the clients with the following:

· They reduce workplace challenge: flexible working models are implemented in the workplace and ensure that all the employees easily adopt them. Besides, they use space utilization data that is needed to find the real estate of the right size.

· They offer product promise: the team works on making the workplace an interactive and seamless place to transform the working model and make it entirely flexible to empower all the employees by connecting them with an intuitive app and guiding them through all the steps.

· They deliver absolute value: they drive all the employees to adopt flexible working methods so that space is utilized in the right size of the estate and costs that are put in.

What is the advantage?

The use of occupancy sensors has certainly brought about a positive impact in the offices and provided a better life quality to all the employees than in the older times. Besides, it also provides employee satisfaction and utilizes all the underutilized spaces and further makes the office area a place for optimum utilization with no wastage of resources. This helps companies to cut extra cost and work efficiently at all times. They also get a seamless entry and exit service that is safe and frivolous for both employees and visitors, thereby reducing all the health risks and increasing employee satisfaction in the best manner. 

The occupancy sensors are thus of ultimate use and importance in the growing corporate world and have several benefits of their own. 

 

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