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HEALTH, SAFETY & WELLBEING THROUGH THE LENS


Alex Harlass, Head of Solution Consulting at Security & Safety Things, analyses how building efficiency and security can be enhanced with the use of smart cameras.


In contrast to last year, the global business community has shifted from discussions about continued remote working, to advancing the conversation about returning to work. Employees that were housed in large private and multi-tenant office spaces are being presented with options, which include a part-time return to an office environment that prioritises spaces for collaboration over desks at which individual employees sit and work.


Key to this transition is the use of technology, including smart cameras capable of performing not only traditional security functions, but also monitoring of building energy usage, enabling occupancy management and optimising building space. These advancements are enabled by the introduction of more powerful camera processors – allowing devices to collect data-rich video and analyse it on the device. This provides real-time, actionable alerts to building managers for swift responses as well as analysis of video data over time to measure operational effectiveness in a variety of facility or business-related functions.


More intuitive building layout


and function Intelligence provided by these smart cameras provide useful information to facility decision makers and building owners in planning an expansion or renovation project – by offering information on facility foot traffic patterns, produced by people counting or flow detection video analytic applications.


This data is used to improve building or lobby design in terms of furniture placement or removal of obstructions that cause bottlenecking at the base of escalators, in stairwells, or cause chokepoints at access points. Conversely, when considering adopting a longer-term hybrid or virtual workforce model, smart camera applications help facilities evaluate usage for space utilisation or real estate decisions.


Smart surveillance enhances early


fire detection One additional benefit is how smart cameras play an important role in fire and safety prevention, through the early detection of flames, smoke or spills in buildings. Video analytics, combined with AI and other current technologies, are able to detect such incidents in an early state and trigger alarms faster and more reliably than humans.


Prioritisation of building safety often leads to a decrease in insurance risk and high premium costs, as costs of property insurance correlate with risks from fire or water damage. The better an owner is able to prevent fires through the use of smart cameras, the better the chances of minimising property insurance costs.


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Improve employee experience in offices Smart cameras help to improve employee experience by adapting air conditioning levels to room occupancy. By detecting how many people are in one location over a certain period of time, cameras are able to help control ventilation or heating – according to demand. These cameras are able to control lighting, based on the daylight patterns outside a building – reducing energy waste.


Where basic maintenance and administrative help is required, they also provide assistance through identifying open work and meeting spaces with sufficient space and assessing the cleanliness of each area or recording the last time the area had been sanitised. Additionally, they’re able to identify if conference room lights or devices have been left on or notify personnel of stock items needed in office break rooms.


The future of IoT in buildings The redrawing of workspaces for a new hybrid workforce presents challenges and opportunities for facilities. While there may be fewer individuals in the office on any given day, the spaces in which they gather, and work must be conducive to current health and safety regulations.


Commercial spaces can utilise smart cameras for security needs, while also gathering information about building functions to ultimately drive down costs for climate control. Much of what smart video analytics is able to do is help to manage buildings more safely, easily and more efficiently. Now is an ideal time for decision-makers in commercial spaces to invest in the latest technological developments in smart cameras and video analytics.


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