Answer these 8 questions with workplace occupancy sensors



Real-time occupancy sensors are quickly becoming the standard for office measurements. As opposed to third-party advisory services that rely on human observers, sensors objectively capture utilization of rooms, desks, and other workspaces from day to day, month to month. This means they can answer a wide range of burning questions with a fine level of detail.


What workplace occupancy sensors reveal

Occupancy sensors designed for the workplace are a privacy-friendly alternative to measuring key office metrics. They can be installed underneath desks, in meeting rooms, or in any other workspace. Quite simply, they monitor whether the workspace is being used, or if it is free. And with a real-time sensor—which not every occupancy sensor is—this happens within seconds of the change in occupancy state. This high level of granularity makes several workplace questions easy to answer.


1. Is the room in use currently?

When you arrive to the office just in time for your next meeting, you need quick answers. Real-time room sensors let you quickly determine which rooms are free that very moment. You could even see this on the way to the office, with remote access to this data.


2. Is the desk in use currently?

Nobody wants to wander around a large workplace searching for an empty desk. Real-time desk occupancy means everyone at the office can avoid this hunt, and beeline for a free spot.


3. How occupied is your office on average?

With precise data on the average occupancy levels at your office, workplace stakeholders will have a baseline metric for any given period. You might be surprised. In some cases, companies find that their office isn’t as empty or busy as they thought, helping them make the right choice about expansions or consolidations.


4. Which exact seats and meeting rooms are used the most?

By determining the most popular workspaces, you’ll be able to encourage a more even distribution of workspaces. After looking into why some spaces are used more than others, you can then adjust your workplace accordingly.


5. What facility areas and floors are used the most?

Finding high- and low-traffic areas is key to optimizing the design and layout of your workplace, determining whether the workplace square footage is truly the right size for your company, and providing more of the types of areas and spaces that are actually used.


6. Where and when does your company prefer to work?

With trends on used desks and meeting rooms, you’ll see how your workforce prefers to work. This means you can optimize the space for their patterns—creating areas where people want to work and avoiding unused spaces.


7. When do people show up? When is the office emptier during the day?

In a flexible office, people may arrive and leave at different times. While there are a lot of advantages to this approach, it can put pressure on facilities during peak times of the day. With real-time occupancy data, pinpoint occupancy waves and handle them appropriately.


8. How does occupancy change from week to week, month to month?

Seasonal fluctuations are easy to spot with long-term data from occupancy sensors. In many cases, offices are underutilized certain times of the year. Rightsizing might only require temporary solutions to ensure a better use of your spaces.


Turn your answers into a better workplace

When your office occupancy data is presented in a way that is easy to interpret, it can supercharge workplace decision-makers and let them create a more optimal workplace. Nimway from Sony gives companies true real-time sensors to capture their data, and the intuitive web interface to understand the answers.

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