“LoRaWan™ connectivity enables occupancy data to be collected anonymously”
To tackle the plague of phantom meeting room bookings and help businesses adapt to new workplace practices, Jooxter has developed an application to optimise the way we use our spaces. Based on the IoT and its LoRaWan™ connectivity, this solution is being presented at the Sido event, on Orange’s stand. Demonstration.
Many businesses face this same situation: offices are often not used efficiently. Estimates show that 50% of spaces are not occupied during office hours. Despite this, employees are unable to find the spaces they need for their activities. We must have all heard someone say: “The meeting room is booked, but there is no one in it!”? And with teleworking or even the emergence of flex-offices, businesses find themselves having to manage some really complex real estate puzzles.
To support them with these new ways of working, and to put an end to the widespread issue of phantom bookings, the start-up Jooxter has developed an IoT (Internet of Things) solution making it possible to inform employees about workspace availability. How does this work?
“It is very simple. A real-time presence detector is set up in the room to be monitored. This very fine-grained and therefore very sensitive infrared occupancy sensor can detect the slightest movement, indicating whether the room is occupied or not,” explains François Cosyns, project leader at Jooxter.
Anonymous data, thanks to the LoRaWan™ network
Users no longer need to connect up to their web portal or application to find an available space that meets their needs, i.e. a closed office, a meeting room or a collaborative space. The dashboard is updated on a real-time and predictive basis, thanks to the information sent by the detectors. In terms of connectivity, Jooxter has chosen Orange’s LoRaWan™ network, designed specifically for the Internet of Things.
“This connectivity offers a clear benefit: in addition to its extensive coverage, it makes it possible to collect occupancy data anonymously. So, we remain independent from the building’s proprietary network,” explains François Cosyns. “And thanks to Orange’s Live Objects platform, we can manage our fleet of devices independently and, with complete security, Orange provides us with its convenience and expertise. This really is a collaborative effort.”
Reducing energy spending
For more complex cases, when network penetration is not optimal, as may be the case with an old building, a high environmental quality (HQE) building or a high-rise building, which may even block radio waves, Orange provides a LoRa extender. This unit makes it possible to bring the external network inside the building to facilitate indoor coverage for offices.
In addition to optimising space, Jooxter’s services include various uses depending on businesses’ peaks in activity. For example, during off-peak periods, certain meeting rooms could be closed to reduce the need for cleaning services and cut energy spending by avoiding any unnecessary use of the heating or air-conditioning systems. The IoT makes it possible to have responsible energy management in buildings.