Paris --- ULIS and Schneider Electric offer the MIRTIC Advanced Occupancy Sensor (AOS). Designed for the counting of people, the AOS enables services companies and users to gain a greater understanding of occupancy levels and usage to optimize operational costs and occupant services in new or existing buildings.
Advanced sensors are seen as critical in enabling facilities to meet tightening government regulations on energy efficiency and to drastically cut building management costs. The smart buildings market for advanced sensors is projected to reach almost $3.7 billion by 2020 (Navigant Research, March 2014).
AOS integrates the latest generation of advanced, low power consumption, 80x80 pixels Thermal Activity Sensors (TAS) from ULIS. It runs entirely on battery power and transmits occupancy rates at regular intervals (approx. every two minutes), without compromising the privacy of the occupants. The current prototype can cover a zone of 30m2 (323 ft2), equivalent to a meeting room accommodating 8 – 10 people.
The module on display at IBS marks the completion of the MIRTIC project, a five-year, €24M European initiative led by ULIS. The aim of the project was to produce a new type of thermal sensor module that will bring new capabilities to building usage diagnostics. The project began in 2011 with partner CEA-Leti, a leading microelectronic and nanotechnology research center, Integrated Systems Development, a global systems integrator, and augmented reality technology developer Metaio (acquired by Apple).
Schneider Electric will field-test the AOS at the end of 2016 prior to entering product development.