OMRON’s human sensor improves productivity

Omron has announced the release of a Human Detecting Sensor, designed for building automation purposes and capable of detecting the number and position of humans with high precision.

The ceiling-mounted HVC-F utilizes an internal imaging sensor to detect the number and positions of humans within a 7.2m x 7.2m area. The sensor is capable of functioning at a maximum height of 5m, meaning it is not only suited for use in office spaces and meeting rooms, but also in areas with high ceilings such as entrance and elevator halls. It is also possible to install multiple HVC-F units to simultaneously monitor a larger area. The sensor is not capable of identifying or recognising individuals.

The HVC-F can contribute towards improving productivity in manufacturing by providing visualised data of the numbers and positions of workers, which can then be analyzed to optimize production lines and device layouts.

Omron say another use case would be to save energy in office spaces by targeting lighting and air conditioning in precise areas where workers are. Usually, automatic lighting is controlled with infrared sensors that detect humans and switch lights on or off accordingly. However, with more refined information regarding how many people are present and where they are provided by the HVC-F it is possible control lighting with increased sophistication and improve energy efficiency. Similar results can be achieved through precise air conditioning control by replacing the traditional indoor thermostat with the HVC-F.

However, with more refined information regarding how many people are present and where they are provided by the HVC-F it is possible control lighting with increased sophistication and improve energy efficiency. Similar results can be achieved through precise air conditioning control by replacing the traditional indoor thermostat with the HVC-F.

Testing

Omron is currently engaged in verification tests with a number of companies to verify the effectiveness of the HVC-F and to propose ways of utilising the sensor to improve comfort and productivity.

In the Basic Energy Plan established in April 2014, the Japanese government set goals for the implementation Zero Energy Buildings and improving energy efficiency in buildings including offices. With the HVC-F and a number of other technologies capable of sensing humans and the surroundings, Omron is contributing towards the creation of smart buildings that are both comfortable and energy efficient, as well as the development of highly productive IoT age smart factories.

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