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Why Buildings Need Occupancy IoT Sensors



We spend a third of our lives at work and 87% of our time inside buildings. Tenants are more aware of space usage and gatherings after the pandemic and are demanding real-time visibility into space occupancy. Building managers already have many operations happening throughout their spaces, making it challenging to develop an action plan to keep these areas from overflowing and keep them under capacity limits.

The introduction of smart building technology and gives property managers the tools they need for visibility into space occupancy. With the use of sensors, management is able to see real-time data as well as trends about occupancy. Rather than making assumptions, access to this data allows managers to make educated decisions about their spaces.

Occupancy IoT sensors help with a lot more than just occupancy monitoring, though. Below is a summary of why occupancy IoT sensors are essential for your building.


Improved Wellbeing and Employee Satisfaction

Overcrowded areas can be stressful for employees. With busy schedules, it’d be ideal for them to go to certain areas in the building such as the gym, lobby, or bathroom without it being congested. Occupancy IoT sensors can help with this by giving workers a quick overview of which spaces are available and the ability to avoiding busy areas at a given time during the day.


Occupants can quickly check occupancy of a space through their mobile device. Because occupancy IoT sensors collect data on peak times, cleaning schedules can be arranged accordingly to clean areas based on usage or timed so that it doesn’t interfere with people using the space, thus improving the overall employee experience.


Better Office Cleanliness

According to our 2020 Employee Survey Report, a significant area of concern for employees returning to the office was cleanliness. The commercial real estate industry has increased its exploration on single restrooms, capacity limiting on restroom usage, and usage-based cleanings to address cleanliness, but occupancy IoT sensors can easily help with that. By adding occupancy IoT sensors to your building, fixed cleaning schedules can switch to demand-based to provide a consistent level of sanitation. Facilities can then use occupancy sensor data to share how busy restrooms or other areas are and allow people to use spaces when they’re most clean.


Cost Reduction

Occupancy IoT sensors give buildings real-time data about the frequency of use and number of visitors in the space. The data allows facility managers to make informed decisions on providing spaces to tenants, deploy cleaning staff to the areas that need it, and make fact-based decisions to plan for supplies and cleaning materials. As a result, the data provided by the occupancy IoT sensors can allow buildings to reduce the number of unused spaces and allocate resources accordingly without overspending, allowing for an overall reduction in costs.


Occupancy IoT sensors have benefits that could provide a premium experience for those within a building and maximize building’s capacity. The sensors can empower building occupants to use spaces accordingly, create an overall better experience in buildings, and address the need for clean, non-crowded areas. With building occupants returning to work, it’s important to prioritize their comfort today and create a plan for your building.


If you’d like to learn more about Cohesion’s occupancy IoT sensors, request a demo with our team.

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