Access control and access restrictions
One of the lessons inherent in the COVID-19 pandemic and building occupancy is knowing who is in a building at any given time, where they go within the building, and ensuring that they are behaving within prescribed parameters. This starts with access control. Smart building occupancy monitoring systems and smart building technologies inform building and business managers of who is in the building. They also allow for access to be restricted once occupancy limits have been met.
A heat map of movements
Smart occupancy monitoring systems empower users to use data to establish optimised usage of space within their buildings. This means you can set up and monitor workstations, boardrooms and meeting rooms, and coffee stations in a COVID-aware world. This monitoring extends to all common areas, lavatories, elevators, and all office spaces to ensure compliance with building parameters around social distancing.
Smart technologies are a porthole to a more automated world. Together with smart occupancy monitoring systems, smart IoT systems of tags, pressure pads, and sensors have the potential to reduce touch-based requirements in certain settings.
In a similar vein, the data insights from smart building occupancy monitoring systems and smart technologies highlight ‘unnecessary’ points of contact with personnel. Where possible, these interactions can be digitally dealt with or work within the same social distancing parameters to mitigate risk to clients and staff.
Smart occupancy analytics for long-term planning
By better understanding how space is utilised, managers are given the tools to better plan for the future. Rather than relying on approximations and estimates, these decisions should be precise. The data transmitted and stored using occupancy monitoring systems have the potential to be a major driver for long-term planning.
Air quality monitoring and safety
In addition to social distancing, the EPA recommended indoor air quality measures to help to curb the spread of the Coronavirus. Smart technologies are assisting on this front too. Occupancy, heating and ventilation, and HVAC and air-conditioning are all some of the considerations they raise – all of which can be monitored by smart technologies to work within optimal and recommended parameters.
Smart cities and connected buildings
Workplaces do not exist in isolation. While behaviour may be monitored in one location, it is important that health and safety guidelines are followed with a blanket approach to achieve effectiveness. This is where the argument for smart cities gains special momentum. By connecting granular data collected across multiple locations, the benefits of smart building occupancy monitoring systems – and smart buildings in general – are vastly extended (within the limits of privacy laws, of course).
Predictive modelling and future-proofing
Real-time data gives us in-the-moment reaction power. However, it also holds long-term value. By collecting and analysing today’s data, we are given powerful insights that inform future strategies. This data can be used to map safety, consequences, and effectiveness of certain protocols using a digital twin, taking the guesswork out of these seismic events. By collecting data on today’s circumstances, we are better able to look around and plan for future outbreaks.
After infection case reporting
Contact tracing was a central strategy in curbing the spread of COVID-19. However, many nations failed to perform this task effectively. A couple of the reasons for this include outdated technology and over-worked personnel. However, these are but two reasons of many for the challenges faced by contact tracers in different locations (first and third world included). On the face of it, however, smart technologies would no doubt aid contact tracers in their job of identifying, notifying, and quarantining people who have come into contact with infected individuals.
On the one hand, the information collected will be thorough, detailed, and accurate. On the other, the simplicity of collection and record-keeping means even thinly spread contact tracers would be empowered to use the data to great effect.
Invest in a smart occupancy monitoring system today
The smart occupancy monitoring systems from Smarter Technologies Group use IoT-powered tags, sensors, and pressure pads to communicate data over the Orion Data Network. These simple, cost-effective solutions are inspiring a move towards data-driven processes for efficiency, profitability, and safety.
Contact Smarter Technologies Group today for more information on these and other smart technology solutions.