As corporations reconfigure how they work and do business amidst the coronavirus pandemic, they are evaluating new ways to keep their employees connected safely onsite. This may mean employees will need to be more mobile and move between different offices for meetings. For this reason, their personal technological devices must also be portable to restrict the spread of coronavirus. Occupancy sensors are increasingly becoming a go-to for businesses looking to safely and effortlessly bring their employees together and optimize their connectivity experience.
What Are Occupancy Sensors?
Although occupancy sensors have been around for quite some time, their popularity has seen a resurgence with the arrival of the coronavirus and social distancing practices. These sensors are typically wall or ceiling mounted and are designed to detect when an individual enters a workspace and can then automatically configure the room’s technology accordingly. In general, most of these devices utilize passive infrared (PIR) and/or Ultrasonic (US) motion which can make them less susceptible to false motion triggering.
Crestron manufactures a number of different models of occupancy sensors for safe, touch-free meeting rooms, and a reputable AV integrator can assist companies in choosing the best solution for their specific needs. Some occupancy sensors work by simply detecting motion within a space and some sensors detect new occupants of a space by finding new connectable devices. The size of the boardroom or conference room will play a primary role in selecting the best model for the space. Occupancy sensors can be effective in spaces up to approximately two thousand square feet and have three hundred sixty degree coverage, making it ideal for most offices, warehouses, auditoriums, and lobbies.
Benefits of Having Occupancy Sensors in the Corporate Office
Occupancy sensors are versatile in that they can improve the efficiency of a workspace by allowing for everyday energy saving conveniences while adhering to safety concerns amidst COVID-19, such as:
Improved touchless connectivity
When an employee brings a technological device to another office or workplace setting, it often requires that a variety of connections, plugs, and passwords come with it. This can make attending meetings in different offices cumbersome and may also increase an employee’s exposure to commonly touched surfaces such as connection cords and other shared equipment. Many occupancy sensors are configured to yield a simplified solution for employees that need access to audio and conferencing technologies with limited touch to touchless connectivity capabilities. An added bonus to this type of set up is that it may not require the assistance of the IT department, allowing the user more freedom and flexibility with when and how often touchless connectivity is used.
Controls lighting more effectively
At a time when many offices are at a smaller capacity due to coronavirus restrictions, an occupancy sensor can help control a space’s lighting more effectively by providing light only where it is needed. If a room has a four-person meeting early in the morning and sits empty for the rest of the day, the sensor can ensure the lights are on for the duration of the meeting and then turn off once all attendees have physically left the room.
Better climate control
If only one department of a corporation is reporting in person to the office, there may not be a need to have the heater or air conditioner running full blast in all the empty department spaces. An occupancy sensor can be instrumental in determining how many people are in a space at a given moment and then making the climate more suitable for that specific window of time.
Reduction of energy consumption
By adjusting the lighting and climate control to meet the needs specifically of onsite employees, a business may be able to reduce the amount of energy they are consuming for a mostly or partially empty building. This is an eco-friendly choice that helps minimize energy costs at a time when businesses are becoming more cautious about each and every dollar spent to better protect their bottom line.
Choosing the Right Provider for All Your Regular and COVID Audio Visual and Technology Solutions
As businesses frantically work to make the workplace more efficient with a reduced in person workforce, they will likely also encounter challenges in connecting their remote staff. When looking for a company to assist you with your audio visual and technology solutions, it is critical to ensure the company you choose:
- Offers multiple types of technology products and services that allow in person and virtual employees to stay connected while still observing social distancing guidelines,
- Provides services in multiple cities and locations,
- Possesses a proven track record of experience in connecting people and helping them collaborate in creative ways, and
- Boasts one or more industry accolades or certifications.
If your company is looking into occupancy sensors or other audio visual and technology solutions, be sure to work with an experienced AV integrator that can act as a one stop shop. Taking this small but important step can ensure that your business is making a well-planned and coordinated effort in keeping your workforce connected and productive.