Occupancy Data For a World of Things

  • The Internet of Things (IoT) introduces new cost-effective ways to collect Occupancy Data
  • ‘Things’ become more relevant when Occupancy Data provides ‘People’ context
  • Correlation of multiple sources increases data resolution and insight, improving adoption
  • The integration of IoT and Occupancy Data increases return on IoT investment

What is more important, people or things?

From an interconnectivity and endpoint perspective, the Internet of Things will soon eclipse the modern Internet.  IoT is expected to be widely deployed across multiple markets. Remote sensors interacting with systems and machines will be more prolific and productive than mere humans, by an order of magnitude. Economic benefit, which market analysts forecast in the trillions of dollars, will initially be recognized through process automation, predictive insight, and reduced cost of operations.

This is great news for technology vendors and service providers, but the real benefit of IoT, especially to corporate and commercial real estate or Building IoT, occurs when the perspective becomes about people. How will IoT make my life better, my job easier, and my workplace more effective?

Putting people first makes IoT more relevant and realizes greater return.

The emergence of cost-effective IoT sensors and mobile technology has enabled business to measure utilization, assign space in new dynamic ways, and control building automation in new, powerful ways. But leading technology adopters are quick to point out that technology by itself is insufficient.

Do people really want to push a button on a wall panel to reserve a meeting room when they can see that the room is empty? Will I really commute across town to use alternative workspace if I don’t know there are desks available for my team? Technology needs to be designed with people in mind.

The ability to cost-effectively correlate data from multiple sources enables real estate professionals to get a clear picture of how people work. Work is a function of people, space and time. Always-on measurement enables powerful analytics and visualization that recognize trends, establish comparative baselines, and provide insight for IoT engagement.

Occupancy engagement is more than plugging in a new interface for every sensor, system or machine.

We cannot solve the problem of IoT engagement by simply plugging in a new interface for every sensor, system or machine. A single system that recognizes occupancy patterns and predicts activity enables design of new products and services that rapidly respond to peoples’ needs. Open APIs and data exchanges allow Things and People to work together more quickly and effectively.

UtiLive puts people first in the emerging IoT market. UtiLive is able to cost-effectively leverage installed system data, e.g. from existing sensors, reservation systems or badge data. This in turn provides greater resolution and insight into how effectively office space is being utilized, resulting in improved decision-making and cost control.

Better resolution of the workplace, how people interact in space and time, provides insight into how to best position IoT for entry into corporate and commercial real estate markets. It provides a single source of truth that improves user engagement and confidence. This can’t help but increase adoption rates for new IoT product and services, increasing return on IoT investment.

Putting people first is not only polite, it is profitable.