Occupancy Sensing

One of the major growth areas for the occupancy sensor market is in energy-efficiency. According to a study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), occupancy sensor technology can reduce energy use by up to 68% with up to a 60% in energy saving. However, this is not the only use-case for occupancy monitoring and analytics. Occupancy sensor technology also has an important role to play in overhead reduction, improved health outcomes, and business performance.

As technology advances and changes the way people interact with the physical space, it is critical for the environments we occupy to reflect people’s needs. The way individuals use and interact with the infrastructure around them directly affects their productivity and health, therefore monitoring and analyzing real-time interactions can lead to both financial benefits, as well as providing countless opportunities for optimization.

Advantages of Occupancy Sensing

Occupancy sensors are only one of the many smart technologies being used to build smart interconnected buildings. With their diverse range of applications and advantages, from improved energy efficiency, to the creation of responsive and dynamic environments, occupancy sensors are an integral stack in the smart building technology of the future building management system.

By connecting to the Internet of Things (IoT) newtork, occupancy sensors can not only communicate with a building‘s temperature and lighting control system, but also collect data on building occupancy and use, and store it in the cloud. This enables stakeholders to access and analyze this information remotely, enabling strategic long-term and real-time resource optimization.

Our Occupancy Sensing Technology

At Bare Conductive our occupancy sensor technology stack is made up of of printed capacitive sensors, hardware, and software which can seamlessly integrate into most environments to monitor space usage. The advantages of our technology include low-cost large coverage area, discrete integration, anonymous and real-time data analysis.

Our sensor data can be streamed to the cloud and integrated into existing building management systems and dashboards, providing facilities management teams with real-time insights into space utilization and occupancy levels. Unlike many existing technologies, our printed sensors can be programmed to detect a range of inputs, so the same technology can be used as a motion detector, vacancy sensor, or event reader depending on the required outcome.

Our unique printed sensor technology can be retrofitted seamlessly to existing surfaces, or printed directly onto materials becoming a functional and invisible part of the floor or wall architecture. Non-intrusive and discrete, our occupancy sensors offer a cost-effective way to scale monitoring systems throughout buildings, while protecting the privacy of occupants.

Our sensor technology can control and monitor building occupancy, providing a wide range of advantages such as:

  • Reducing Costs – Our occupancy detection sensors can detect whether a room is occupied or not, and save energy costs by adjusting lighting and HVAC system usage accordingly. Financial savings can also be achieved by optimizing staff allocation based on events.
  • Resource optimization – Our floor sensors can be used for occupancy detection to monitor workspace occupancy, providing real-time data on how different spaces are being used to facilities management. This data can be used to optimize utilization of an office space, conference room, meeting rooms, workspace, or even the whole building.
  • Improving staff wellness and health – Our sensors can improve occupants’ day-to-day experience by communicating with building management systems to coordinate temperature and lighting control room by room. Creating working environments where temperature, light and hygiene are automatically controlled can reduce sick days and improve employee morale and productivity.
  • Improving hygiene – Monitoring frequently touched surfaces and space utilization (like bathrooms) allows cleaning events to be scheduled based on real-time use rather than timed schedules, optimizing for both hygiene and resource.
  • Anonymity – Our occupancy technology does not track individuals, but rather anonymous events, offering privacy and compliance with data protection, while providing valuable data and insights.
  • Improving staff productivity – Monitoring occupancy analytics from our sensors allows for increased efficiency, as data can be used not only to improve space usage, but also to determine when, and where, staff should be deployed.

The Smart Spaces of the Future

As smart buildings become increasingly interconnected and automated, occupancy sensors that can scale and evolve with the changing requirements of a space will be essential. Our Dynamically Functional Surface technology offers both a degree of seamless integration and adaptability designed to adjust to the changing needs of both occupants and buildings.

To find out more how our occupancy sensors can help you manage and improve your space‘s usage, hygiene and energy get in touch at: info@bareconductive.com.

To test or prototype your own occupancy sensors with our off-the-shelf technology, browse our range of development kits.

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Occupancy Sensing

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