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Space Utilization Monitoring
Sensors are now capable of not only controlling the building environment, but tracking the movement of physical assets through
the space as well. Advanced data from
sensors can help gain key insights regarding
exactly how a space is used 24 hours of the
day, seven days per week. The sensors can
differentiate between people and objects, so
a printer or other device will not affect space
utilization monitoring. This space utilization data can be provided over an extended
period of time to see trends, or can be viewed
in real-time at any point in the day.
From this data, building managers can
easily redesign space to meet the demonstrated needs of building occupants. For
example, a conference room that isn't being
used frequently can be reallocated for a
different purpose. Or, during retrofits, the
system can show high-traffic areas that may
need to be adjusted.
This data can also extend beyond building
planning purposes. For example, in an emergency situation, the system indicates if there
are any occupants left in the building. Or, an
intruder can be tracked through the building
after hours. Similarly, in the case of breakins, point of intrusion can be detected.

ensures that no excessive energy is being used. Working with other
building systems helps expand the lighting system beyond just
lighting - but to a full service IoT platform in the building.
As demand in the marketplace continues to expand, the possibilities are endless for app-based technology in buildings. Space
utilization and HVAC optimization are only the beginning, with
additional capabilities - such as asset tracking and building security
apps - coming down the pipeline in the near future.

TECHNOLOGY

able to provide robust data on these systems,
helping determine where inefficiencies lie
within the building environment.

Tanuj Mohan is the
founder and chief
technology officer at
Enlighted Inc. He can be
reached at Tanuj.Mohan@enlightedinc.com.

Future-Proofing
Networked lighting systems with IoT web applications also are
beneficial because they expand the network lighting system's sensor
capabilities without upgrading hardware. Prior to app-based technology, implementing upgrades to a lighting system could be both
time-intensive and costly.
However, this new technology allows for systems to be upgraded with existing and future technology as easily as upgrading an
iPhone or Android app.
By installing an IoT-capable networked lighting system with appbased technology, construction managers can ensure that building
owners get the most from their buildings in the long run.
As marketplace demand expands,
the possibilities are endless for
app-based technology in buildings.

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HVAC Optimization
As the capabilities of lighting sensors are
advancing, monitoring is also expanding to
other building systems. Networked lighting
systems can be configured to send guidance
to a building's heating, ventilation and air
conditioning systems to encourage energy
savings. This is achieved by configuring individual HVAC profiles for specific spaces, and
connecting it to a building's HVAC system.
The sensors optimize the building environment by determining warm or cool spots,
and areas where overheating or under-heating may occur to adjusting accordingly. This

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