Grenoble-Isère’s ULIS and Schneider Electric companies have unveiled an Advanced Occupancy Sensor (AOS) to improve energy efficiency and building space management. Designed to count people, the advanced sensor helps understand occupancy levels and usage, and can optimize operational costs and occupant services in new or existing buildings. The prototype includes the latest generation of ULIS’s advanced, low power consumption, 80×80 pixel, thermal activity sensor (TAS). The AOS runs on battery and transmits occupancy rates about every two minutes, without compromising occupant privacy. The current AOS can cover a zone of 30 square meters, equivalent to a meeting room for 8 to 10 people. Schneider Electric will be field-testing the AOS at the end of 2016, prior to product development.
The AOS prototype marks the completion of the MIRTIC project, a five-year, €24m European initiative led by ULIS. The aim was to produce a thermal sensor module that could bring new capabilities to building usage diagnostics. CEA-Leti was another MIRTIC partner.
The Smart Building advanced sensor market is projected to reach close to €3.7bn by 2020.