Over 60% of attendees of the recent iaconnects webinar hosted by EnOcean selected people counting as a valuable IoT solution, both pre- and post-pandemic.
As the world begins to emerge from the latest lockdowns, enforced by the coronavirus pandemic, business owners and facilities managers will be under pressure to manage the occupancy of their buildings extremely prudently. Office spaces will need to be adapted in order to comply with social distancing guidelines, and communal areas will also require close monitoring to prevent overcrowding for months to come.
People counting solutions, such as those you see at supermarkets, may initially be installed for social distancing reasons but they will provide benefits to multiple stakeholders in the long term. By installing solutions suitable for the present restrictions which will continue to provide valuable data for many years, building managers and users can reap the benefits of the data, as it becomes an even more valuable commodity.
People counters can be used to monitor people flow, accurately detect the number of people in specific rooms, zones or areas without tracking individuals. There are several options when it comes to people counting devices which usually fall into one of two types:
- Camera based options can provide multi-directional counts, zoned counts and data aggregation between devices.
- Infrared based options are generally lower cost and register counts for people entering and leaving a specific area.
Tracking long term occupancy levels in accordance with social distancing rules and beyond, will provide critical data and allow the access status of a particular areas to be changed e.g. when the people flow count (in/out) reaches a certain threshold, a no entry alert can be displayed. A web-based dashboard can provide an instant overview of live and historical data, with ad-hoc and scheduled reporting available.
People counting solutions can provide several lifelong benefits for a workplace such as:
- Collect total building occupancy data - are certain days/times busier than others?
- Create a cleaning schedule - setting up a ‘cleaning required’ notification to alert building maintenance staff that a particular area requires cleaning, based on pre-set parameters.
- Monitor occupancy levels in meeting rooms – analyse correlation between maximum capacity and actual capacity. Are larger meeting rooms used to their full capacity or could they be changed into multiple smaller rooms?
IoT solutions utilising MobiusFlow® a control and commissioning platform from iaconnects, can be scaled to suit current and future requirements by adding further sensors and controls at a later date. A phased approach allows the customer to commit to specific solutions at various stages in the building lifecycle.
Combining data taken from people counting devices with other sensors such as ceiling PIRs, under desk sensors and indoor air quality sensors, and displaying the relevant data on display screens, dashboards and 3rd party booking applications such as iOFFICE, can provide value to employees and building owners alike.
iaconnects realises business benefits for industry by providing sensors, connectivity, control devices and software for delivering value with the Internet of Things (IoT). We facilitate efficient operation by enabling secure data from sensors and controllers either stored locally or in the cloud to provide intelligent diagnostics, analytics and control, resulting in optimum savings for the operator. Our ecosystem allows non-manufacturer specific sensors and control devices to be connected, managed and controlled via the cloud and / or local browsers using our own MobiusFlow® configuration and commissioning solution.