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    The Best IoT Sensor Companies On the Market Right Now

    Kenton Gray

    Did you know that as of July 2017, there are nearly 3,000 IoT solution providers in North America alone? If you’ve decided it’s time to implement sensors in the workplace, you certainly have a lot of choices.

    That’s why we want to make it easier for you. The iOFFICE team is constantly evaluating new Internet of Things sensor technologies in our own workplace so we can make the best recommendations for our clients. While the right provider for you will depend on your company’s goals, here are seven we would recommend to anyone.

    The Best IoT Sensor Companies

    CoWorkr

    CoWorkr’s WorkPoints sensors are low-maintenance and easy to install. They’re the smallest on the global market and last for years on a single coin cell battery. WorkPoints provide real-time, high-resolution occupancy data that is aggregated for comprehensive workplace analytics in powerful dashboards. All data collected by WorkPoints is easy to download.

    The data is transferred to CoWorkr’s secure cloud environment over a private cellular network, and its servers are geolocated based on the user’s region. Because CoWorkr’s cloud is powered by Google Compute Engine, architecture can easily be scaled as your company grows.

    CoWorkr also offers an API that can be integrated into room reservation software, chat features, facility management solutions and building information modeling platforms. CoWorkr’s REST API also enables users to view live floor plans and utilize intelligent workspace booking solutions.

    Current by GE

    Current by GE leverages LED lighting and connected sensors to help businesses increase energy efficiency and reduce operating costs. Current offers both interior and exterior lighting solutions. Its Lumination™ LED Luminaires improve light quality and consistency in the workplace. And GE's Evolve™ LED area lights promote a more safe and secure environment outside the office. They also enhance the aesthetics of your building’s exterior.

    Due to lighting’s wall-to-wall placement throughout the workplace, the installation of Current’s lighting solutions is a perfect opportunity for companies to establish a wireless, sensor-enabled network. Companies can take advantage of this network and utilize the additional types of sensors Current offers. This includes occupancy, plug load and temperature sensors, all of which provide valuable insights into the work environment.

    Current also offers an energy management system for businesses with multiple locations. It integrates hardware, software and service components into a single platform. Users can view data about the organization as a whole or drill down to an individual workspace.

    Density

    Density sensors leverage state-of-the-art depth data, computer vision and deep learning to anonymously measure the speed, direction and movement of employees through entryways. The sensors use infrared light to create silhouettes of objects and differentiate between people and objects, such as carts.

    The data Density sensors collect give users insight into real-time space utilization, peak occupancy and historical entrances and exits. And its algorithm filters out false positives like door swings. Data can be transmitted via WiFi or ethernet and can be viewed in the Density dashboard or via the Density API.

    Density refers to its workplace technology as the “anti-camera” since it only tracks movement, not individual members of the workforce. This, along with enterprise grade security, helps reduce employee privacy concerns.

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    OccupEye

    OccupEye’s sensors are lightweight, compact and can be affixed to workstations or in meeting rooms and shared workspaces. The discrete sensors have an average battery life of two years and can easily be transferred from one location to another. Users can also install additional sensors after the initial purchase or at any point during the rental agreement.

    OccupEye sensors can either be integrated with a company’s existing IT infrastructure or installed to operate as a standalone system. Additionally, with the OccupEye API, users can easily connect to existing facilities maintenance software and building management systems. Sensor data can be exported and transmitted, allowing for seamless integration with other platforms.

    OccupEye also has a solution for real-time space availability called Live Space Finder. This feature allows companies to install interactive display kiosks that helps employees and visitors quickly locate open workstations, meeting spaces and conference rooms. Live Space Finder provides users with accurate space utilization data and can be used accessed on any mobile device.

    Relogix

    Relogix offers sensor-as-a-service technology with its Occupancy Nodes and sensor management platform. The Relogix Occupancy Nodes share and correlate information with each other to ensure the highest data accuracy. Users have access to workplace performance analytics dashboards and can also work with data scientists to build custom reports and set up an API integration.

    Relogix users can install up to 200 small, peel-and-stick sensors in the workplace. The sensors are self-configuring to a private LTE gateway connected to the Relogix cloud. This means employees don’t need any IT experience to deploy them. The Relogix onboarding mobile app also makes sensor implementation and relocation easy.

    VergeSense

    VergeSense sensors are powered by artificial intelligence and use machine learning to constantly improve data capture. Each sensor can cover approximately 1,000 square feet of office space and can be used to measure space utilization, occupancy and workspace availability. This data is then transmitted via WiFi or cellular network.

    The data from VergeSense sensors help companies identify opportunities for workplace improvements, such as allocating space, increasing efficiency and dispatching preventative maintenance. VergeSense sensors can also be used in emergency situations to determine the number of employees in the building and whether an employee is sitting, standing or has fallen down.

    The sensors are 100 percent wireless and require no IT integration. However, VergeSense does offer the option to integrate the system with a company’s existing IT infrastructure if they prefer. Users can also connect the VergeSense technology to their current workplace management systems via an open API.

    Workplace Fabric

    Freespace by Workplace Fabric supports companies as they transition from dedicated workspaces to flexible work environments such as activity-based working, office hoteling and hot-desking.

    Freespace sensors confirm the availability of work areas and then display open spaces on the cloud-based platform. When a sensor detects a person has entered the space, it is no longer shown as available in the platform. Freespace enables employees to easily locate a workspace best suited for their needs, such as a quiet room or collaboration area.

    Freespace helps ensure every employee has equal access to workspaces. For example, meeting rooms that are left unoccupied 20 minutes after the reservation start time are automatically made available. And if a workstation sits unused for two hours, it will be displayed as an open space in the platform.

    IoT Sensors: A World of Possibilities; An Infinite Loop of Value

    When it comes to IoT sensor technology, the possibilities for data collection are almost as limitless as your imagination. However, the data is only useful to the extent that you can act on it. When sensor data is used along with other workplace technology, such as an integrated workplace management system, you can see how employees are interacting with your space in real time and use that information to make decisions about workplace design, technology and more.

    You may notice certain spaces are chronically underutilized, for instance, so you can make the decision to move a fast-growing department into that space so they’ll have more room. (And with iOFFICE’s space and move management software, that’s as simple as dragging and dropping desks on your computer.)

    Having the data you need to make smarter decisions and being able to act on them quickly is essential to maintaining an agile workplace. When you combine IoT sensors with our IWMS and iOFFICE Hummingbird, our employee experience app, you can even respond to individual requests in real time. You get what we like to call the “infinite loop of value.”

    Whether your organization is just beginning to explore IoT sensor technology or you’ve been using it for awhile, we can help you make sense of the data and act on it.

    How is your workplace using IoT sensors? Let us know in the comments below.

    Kenton Gray

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Kenton Gray

    Kenton joined iOFFICE in 2002 as the company’s Chief Technology Officer and now manages a team of ten developers and programmers. When we develop a new module or do a major upgrade, Kenton is the one who envisions the project and designs it from scratch.

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