Developing a healthy and green workplace depends on gathering and analyzing large sets of data. Sensor networks establish anytime/anywhere access to data and services. With no need for a wired network infrastructure, wireless sensor networks provide a ready-made solution for upgrading Class B and C facilities. Wireless sensors can be installed in any location and integrate with other connected systems and enterprise software.
Connected systems and analytics have rapidly matured and continue to improve. A Juniper Research study found that, as of 2022, 45 million buildings were equipped with technologies and analytics for monitoring and automating functions related to improving the workplace environment. During the same time period, vendors shipped 360 million sensors for use in intelligent building applications. Projections indicate that the number of sensors shipped will exceed 1 billion by 2026.
According to Juniper, the high growth rate in sensor shipments indicates that property owners understand the value of improving workplace environments and meeting sustainability goals.
As a result, technology providers are now scrambling to offer pilots for space management and environmental monitoring. Solutions range from space management software that uses real-time data to optimize workplaces to systems built around environmental sensors that monitor air quality and equipment.
The most effective solutions are fully integrated and connected systems that take a whole-building approach to employee comfort. Full-featured connected lighting systems are uniquely positioned to play a central role in deploying data-driven capabilities throughout a building. Lighting is already everywhere that people go, it’s already powered, and it’s usually overhead, which is the ideal location for environmental, occupancy, and other kinds of sensors that collect intelligence from the lit environment.
With two-way data communications and an IoT platform running in the cloud, building and business owners can collect granular data over time, then analyze, visualize, and utilize that data for insights and automation that support a green and healthy work environment.
Benefits of sensor-enabled connected lighting systems include:
- Insight into the activities and usage of office spaces
- Central management of lighting system behaviors
- Enhanced employee comfort and well-being via environmental monitoring, air quality management, and workplace personalization
- Circadian lighting and other human-centric lighting capabilities
- Support for healthy building certifications like WELL
- Lower lighting-related energy consumption
- Reduced operating costs and faster resolution of maintenance issues