In an era of smart cities, it is not surprising that managers of spaces such as shops, museums or offices want to incorporate new technology to make the most of their building. Also architects and engineers are beginning to incorporate IoT solutions to obtain empirical data in order to decide the redistribution of spaces.


As Matt Ernst says in his article for IoT for all “Smart buildings are the digital extension of the progress of architecture and engineering. As society now lives through the lens of technology, buildings are beginning to adapt to that framework to better serve its occupants.”


Which buildings can become Smart Buildings and benefit from incorporating automatic people counters? Basically any. Some examples are offices, universities, libraries, hotels, theaters or stores.


When we must reorganize a space, we tend to think about adopting the latest fashion in aesthetic design, when in fact it is the investment in technology that will allow us to obtain the analytical data to organize the space in the most efficient way.


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The advantages of integrating a system of automatic counting of visitors are numerous so we have chosen to group them into 3 categories:


1. Energy efficiency: According to the data obtained, systems can be applied on demand to reduce energy consumption and the price of it. In a previous post we talked about it deeply.

2. Space optimization: Thanks to the automatic people counters it is possible to know the occupancy of each room and/or floor as well as the trajectories of the visitors in the building.

3. Security: Knowing how many people are in the building, as well as in which rooms are located, will allow the security team to control the accesses and exits of the building more effectively as well as identify agglomerations during peak hours.


Incorporating automated people counters in large buildings will be key to optimize resources, maximize space efficiency and compete in the demanding context of Smart Cities.