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Intelligent Lighting And The Work Space - How To Enhance Access, Flow, Utilisation And Wellbeing

Intelligent Lighting And The Work Space - How To Enhance Access, Flow, Utilisation And Wellbeing

Underutilised space costs building owners and occupiers hundreds of millions of Rands every year. Are you paying for what you actually need? Being aware of space and its utilisation is a dynamic event as businesses expand and contract. Understanding the flow of people within a retail space, for example, can lead to revenue improvements, allowing brand placement in high traffic areas and for property owners to charge based on flow and the amount of shoppers moving through that space.

Understanding how your buildings space is occupied is vital in ensuring that you are informed how your organisation is using its space. Knowing who is located where and which meeting rooms are actually being used can lead to space being utilised more efficiently, improving energy savings, rent and the well being of people in those spaces through lighting control, balanced HVAC and even security.

Light Can See.

The AXiO Connected Lighting system is designed to minimise the challenges of capturing occupancy information: occupancy errors, interpretation, peaks and averages. Through the rule engine, the occupier can set parameters, allowing them to isolate cases that could mislead the overall utilisation statistics, such as excluding occupancy information where an occupant temporarily leaves a space and returns to the same space within 5 minutes.

Utilising beacon information provided by the bluetooth chip contained in the embedded AXiO Wireless Interface Module (WIM), the occupier can further refine and create more accurate analytics by cross-referencing occupancy information from the lighting sensors, enhancing mobile location information tracked via the beacon network. The same system can be rolled out to other assets to determine their location within the space, ensuring that employees are not losing time, for example, when trying to find that projector they need for their meeting room.

Furthermore, AXiO maps the entire building, according to the lighting design, allowing the user to name groups and areas of the building by their purpose. This enables the user to fully understand the function of each space when analysing the sensor information.

Through the different inputs, AXiO allows occupiers to fully understand the “dynamic density” of their particular space and optimise it. CBRE states that these features “allow staff to work flexibly through choosing different places to work within the office rather than being assigned a fixed desk as the one primary place of work.”Through using the API, the occupier can integrate these data sources into other building systems to further reduce underutilisation and wastage. For instance, the occupier can integrate the occupancy and beacon data into a meeting room management system using it as a feedback loop to ensure automatic clearing of unoccupied rooms and detection of occupancy.

With beacons, it can be determined whether this is the person who booked the room or another, which opens the door to more granular data on the most productive users of the shared spaces. Additionally, the beacon data can be integrated directly into a real-estate management or asset management system to understand the position of certain bluetooth-tagged assets within the space, thereby saving the time it would take searching for these assets, These same bluetooth-tags can be integrated into a staff ID card and used as a complementary security system on top of CCTV as it can provide real-time notification of unauthorised access by staff members to restricted areas, enabling efficient tackling of tailgating.

The Aurora AXiO lighting platform enables the creation of Value Beyond Illumination™.