We decided that we’ve been sitting on this little secret of ours long enough. We are proud to introduce to the world our proprietary sensor! Thought our system architecture was simple before? We just upped the ante – unlike traditional systems that require multiple types of costly sensors, we’ve built an affordable package that is capable of every occupancy sensing function you need.
Well, we can let you in on a bit of the magic. Our brilliant electrical engineer discovered a new sensor that has yet to be utilized in our field and immediately went to work. He found that not only is it able to track occupancy, but it can track the direction of traffic.
Thought your traditional sensors could do the job just fine? While they are able to detect movement, this application is actually very limited. Since it only detects movement it is unable to tell whether a person has actually entered or left a room, only that someone had entered its line of sight. Also, since they are passive, they are only active when someone is in motion. If someone is sitting still in a room, these passive sensors would not register movement and go into a “sleep mode” which results in incorrect occupancy data, leading to what are now unnecessary errors in analytics and frustrations among team members when seeking an unoccupied space.
Our new sensors are always active meaning they’ll never skip a beat in getting the data you need. We’ve leveraged the directional sensing to double as a people counter. By strategically placing them above entranceways, the sensor is able to detect when someone is moving into or out of the space and keeps track of the number of people still in the space. When there are multiple entrances, the sensors work in tandem with each other on the backend to ensure real-time accuracy. This capability also works with open office floor plans. Simply designate the boundaries of what you will consider to be the space and we can strategically place sensors to work in tandem to specifically cover the area.
As an added bonus, we’ve added integrated lighting control to our proprietary sensors as well! Your Facility Management Team still has control over timing and how they want it to operate such as some lights remaining on for the duration of the day, lights turning on 10 minutes before a meeting or turning off 10 minutes after, etc. Adding the integrated lighting control simply means that you no longer need to have a third party lighting control system, which is one less thing you need to check off your list. You’re welcome.
Finally, our new sensor still makes use of our Power-Over-Ethernet system, meaning that you never have to worry about changing batteries, worry about wireless disruptions, or be concerned with multi-national wireless frequency mandates. This helps us reduce cost and confusion instead of making separate sensors for each country that you operate in.
Hello, everyone! We hope you had a great weekend. Here you’ll find a compilation of interesting articles that we enjoyed ourselves last week. We hope that these will inspire you with new ideas for your workplace and facility management teams!
— Workplace Insight (@InsightOnWork) October 11, 2017
Last week we shared a post from JLL about how merging both the real-estate and HR departments could increase both team wellness and efficiency, and we came across this article from Workplace Insight that indicates this may be a growing trend in the corporate world overall. While most organizations keep departments separate in order to streamline processes, there is a growing notion that allowing different departments to come closer and share ideas could greatly benefit your organization.
— Workplace Strategy (@JLLWorkplace) October 11, 2017
This is a great, short article about an approach to “working from home” that requires getting out of your house to where people are. There is a basis that “mental effort is contagious,” so instead of working in solitude you should work where there are people moving around and getting their own work done for the day, such as a coffee shop. While this isn’t news to many of our flexible work friends, it may be worth trying if you haven’t yet.
Open Office Is Out, But Private Offices Are Not Back In https://t.co/EluYmVg2a1
— Workplace Trends (@workplacetrend) October 11, 2017
Looking back at some of the advantages of traditional office layout such as privacy for important conversations and solitary space to hunker down and focus without distraction, major organizations that once promoted the idea of open offices have learned some important lessons and created “activity-based” workspaces. Allotting for both open and private spaces allows team members to choose workspaces that are most effective for the task at hand.