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How safe are Adappt’s workplace occupancy sensors?

We at Adappt are forerunners in the area of work-space optimization. Everything that we deliver is a result of thousands of different occupancy sensors working together in concord. We are frequently bombarded with a common question by almost every employee out there who is supposed to have an Adappt sensor placed near him, “is the sensor safe enough for me?”

To begin with, all the occupancy sensors and its related components we build, are certified by highly rated bodies like Federal Communications Commission (FCC), The Certification and Engineering Bureau of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (IC), Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and are also a part of the UL list. Our communication methodology is a qualified part of the prestigious Bluetooth SIG List (link). Being certified by these reputed bodies ensure that our sensors operate within the permissible levels of frequencies and radio waves making it completely safe for human body proximity.

To further describe how safe Adappt sensors really are, we use this opportunity to explain the technology we use in greater detail. Making sure that we bolster the employee trust on our occupancy sensors. Adappt uses an infrared sensor to detect motion, more specifically a passive infrared sensor (PIR). If it still sounds alien, this is the exact same technology which opens the automated door for you when we are about to enter a Walmart or millions of other comparable entrances that you can think of.

One good thing about a PIR sensor is that, as the name suggests they are ‘passive’. So unlike an old-fashioned robbery movie from the 70’s where red lasers are deployed to detect an intruder trying to steal some jewels, this specific sensor detects an occupant’s presence when it senses the difference between the heat emitted by moving people and background heat. This further makes them tend to be far lesser prone to false positives, they cannot be triggered by airflow, and because they are passive, they consume minuscule amounts of power. Most importantly, they do not emanate any radiation of its own, on the contrary, the frenel lens over our PIR sensor arrests heat and radiation emitted by you, and thus detect motion.

Apart from PIR, all of our sensors also use another technology called BLE mesh (Bluetooth Low Energy Mesh). This wireless mesh network helps our sensors to talk to each other. Adappt provides IoT solutions that require tens, hundreds or thousands of devices to communicate with one another, hence it’s really important that we keep things wireless for reliability, scalability, and most importantly security. We at Adappt are as efficient as technology allows us to be, but are we secure enough? To address that question, we use Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) for all the data transmitted using our wireless mesh. Meaning all the binary occupancy data that travels to and from our sensors are virtually packed in a case and sealed using an advanced 128 bit algorithm while it travels through the mesh network.

These sensors help in areas like achieving big savings in energy consumption by automatically dimming down or turning off lights, air-conditioning etc. in workspace areas when they are not occupied, to saving millions in real estate budget by consuming your space in the most efficient manner. We were successful in deploying our systems for one of our clients and saving them $480k (20%) of their annual real estate budget.

We at Adappt have performed an enormous study to use the technology which is best suited for our applications, we have determined critical features against cost, and we assure that workplaces occupancy sensors by Adappt are as safe as they can possibly be.

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