Turning the Tide of Underused Working Spaces Using Smart Location Sensors
T homas Thellier and Fabien Girerd founders of tells us about the potential world changing piece of technology that is

" is an open platform for an organisation to share whatever resource they choose.

The background of comes from my past experience working for a large organisation in facilities management, where we had identified an issue of how do we use space, where and at what times. How do we share space within a large organisation?

What has been identified is in large buildings such as canary wharf, the average occupancy rate at any given time is 40%, at the same time the occupants we've found waste their time looking for a space to conduct meetings, seminars and conference calls. So having learnt that, a question then arose, we need to change this, we need to innovate, we need to come up with a solution to make a building truly smart. But how?

After sometime we came up with which uses micro location technology, to make this happen to make the link between people and the resource".

So it optimises the workplace?

"Yes, there are two angles to this, we can bring efficiency to the workplace by installing room sensors which identify when it is occupied. We also have a smart phone app whereby the occupants can access the information on our platform informing them where a room is available or even a desk space. If there are several people attending a meeting and one or more are running late and they're in the building and may have got lost, we can localise that person using the app and then guide them to the correct meeting room. collects data and pushes services to users via a smart phone app. In collecting the data it helps to gain a greater understanding of how a building is used, through the behaviour of its occupants and it can help make a building more collaborative and therefore improves the working environment. This is the beauty of sharing this kind of data.

In the past there were meeting rooms, desks sitting vacant, and people looking for a space to work on, the time spent looking for a vacant desk or meeting room in a large building can be very inefficient. platform matches rooms, desks to people when they need to use it. It's an intuitive technology, how we can make a space more fluid more dynamic.

By installing our wireless beacons in any building we can allow the facilities manager to know which rooms are vacant, which rooms are occupied and by whom. The beacons are powered by a rechargeable lithium battery, and it has an LED which gives visual indication of operation. It's a bluetooth low energy chip which communicates with smart phones within its range. It's a proximity sensor, presence detector which smart phones can receive and the smart phones in turn send back information wirelessly back to our servers. Using the application the app can then offer the user the opportunity to book a room or desk and or any additional services that the building offers.

The ability of the platform is to have a predictive element to it, identifying peak time usage and where, which will enable facilities providers to maximise the capacity and efficiency where the demand is highest, similarly offer discounts when and where the demand is not so high.

One scenario we are considering is working with so a client arrives in a room where there is no power. app offers you the opportunity to book the room and working in conjunction with we can activate the booking and switch on the lights".

How far down the development road are you in this respect?

"At them moment we know it is feasible, we can incorporate those facets and its for Cognicity to talk to us in conjunction with if they see value in it, we can certainly implement it. The efficiency savings in energy and occupancy will make a building much smarter in an operational sense.

The advantage of is in versatility of application, because it micro-localises an individual to a device, you could be walking down a street and it could switch on a light so you can see and when there is no one within range the lights switch off. LEDs operate more efficiently when being switched on and off".

Are the sensors available now?

"We have a pre-series version working in five pilot schemes running in France, we have a final product in development which subject to demand we can bring into production. The smart sticker version is live and working in France".

So, if we were a building services company and we had a thousand or so of these sensors operating in our building, how would be manage the power needs of the sensors? They are battery operated right?

"Correct, we do don't sell the devices, what we have is a service level agreement with our clients, we lease the equipment and the software for a monthly fee. Maintenance of software and hardware is our responsibility as well as upgrades. The battery has been estimated to have a life of up to three years. We are only six months in so we have yet to proven the lifespan of the battery. We are on a constant journey of optimisation and refinement which is why we provide a service level agreements.

To protect the privacy of our customers we have built into our app the ability for users to switch off the device so they do not receive notifications".

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