Occupancy sensors for offices

The 4 types every workplace needs



When it comes to measuring utilization, nothing beats occupancy sensors. Real-time data uploads mean you get an exact and continuous picture of how workspaces are used. But there are lots of different sensors for different situations. How do you choose the right ones? Here are the four key sensors that will give you accurate sensing coverage.


Desk occupancy sensors

Sensors mounted underneath a desk let you know when the desk is in use by detecting movement of the user at the desk, both when they are sitting or standing. With this type of information, everyone at the office can stay informed about current availability of desks, and workplace managers know more about the utilization of their workspaces. Are there enough workspaces? Enough of the right type of workspaces? What times and days of the week are desks used the most? Desk sensors provide the answers.


Room occupancy sensors

When sensors are mounted in a room, they detect movements within it. Multiple sensors may be needed if you want the system to detect all the movements in a large room. This room occupancy data is especially valuable for workplace managers, who can compare the bookings of rooms and the actual usage, and understand how each room is being used. Not only that, connected room sensors can give everyone at the office awareness of meeting room availability.


Door occupancy sensors

Door sensors are typically mounted on the ceiling inside the room, above the entrance to the room. This allows them to detect movements in the entrance area. If a room has several entrances, multiple door sensors should be installed. A door sensor is vital to getting accurate timing of room occupancy, and in some cases, getting room occupancy at all. Misplaced room occupancy sensors may not detect every usage of the room. But with door sensors, every usage is recorded.


Positioning beacons

Sensors mounted on the ceiling of an office building can communicate with mobile devices and relay their location within the building. With positioning beacons, workplace managers can understand granular occupancy across the layout of the workplace. How exactly do people move around the space? Where are high-traffic and low-traffic areas outside of desks and meeting rooms? At the same time, positioning beacons have the capability to power a smoother workday through connected technologies. For instance, they can help individual users navigate the office and find colleagues.


Create occupancy awareness in your workplace

An office equipped with these four types of occupancy sensors will give workplace stakeholders valuable data to optimize and right-size an office building. More than that, these sensors can also form the foundation for a smoother workplace experience by complementing workplace experience technologies. Real-time occupancy awareness makes room booking and office navigation tools more interactive, dynamic, and productive. In sum, with occupancy sensors, everyone can answer a range of occupancy questions. But to unlock this new type of workplace, real-time data and employee privacy are key features of occupancy sensors.

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