What does an occupancy monitoring system have to do with social distancing? A lot has changed over the last year. While many have embraced the ‘new normal’, it is certainly not a time to get too relaxed when it comes to COVID-19 safety precautions. Social distancing has long been posited as an effective way to avoid infection. However, the effectiveness of this precaution relies wholly on enforcement. Within the built environment, smart means of enforcement are emerging – one of which includes smart occupancy monitoring.
An(other) argument for social distancing
In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) quickly advised a world population to physically distance at a range of 6 feet. The CDC later conducted research into the effectiveness of social distancing and reported that ‘new cases, hospitalisations, and deaths were averted’.
What is a smart occupancy monitoring system?
The occupancy monitoring system that’s used to enforce social distancing can form part of a larger smart technologies building monitoring ecosystem. The smart building monitoring technologies from Smarter Technologies Group, for instance, utilises IoT sensors, tags, and pressure pads to give business owners and building managers a detailed view of movement within their premises.
How occupancy monitoring systems are used to enforce social distancing
A Real-Time, Comprehensive Picture
These systems provide a granular, 360-degree view on space occupancy within buildings. This means that individual movements can be monitored at all times – even in very large buildings or multi-location operations.
Occupancy Monitoring Systems Send Alerts
For the purposes of social distancing, pre-set physical distance thresholds can be set. Building owners and managers receive a notification where these thresholds are breached. These notifications are sent remotely, to a cloud-based dashboard, in real time. This aids in enforcement and gives managers reporting power. This, in turn, makes for enhanced traceability and accountability.
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 in a COVID-aware world. This monitoring extends to common areas, lavatories, and all office spaces to ensure compliance with building parameters around social distancing.
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.
Invest in smarter occupancy monitoring systems today
The 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.