New IoT sensor bundles for Signify’s Interact Office

Signify is launching new Philips IoT sensor bundles that collect and deliver data via the Interact Office connected lighting system and Environmental monitoring APIs. The new sensors that are being launched enable businesses to monitor their office environment and optimise conditions for employee health and wellbeing.

Keeping employees comfortable and healthy in an office is critical. Employee discomfort, ill health and reduced performance can be linked to a poor-quality office environment; and good quality lighting can already help to increase employee productivity up to 23 percent.

Apart from lighting, there are other environmental elements that impact employee health and wellbeing. For example, higher indoor temperatures and relative humidity can correlate with sneezing, skin redness, itchy eyes, headaches and sore eyes. Poor thermal comfort control leads to a 6 percent drop in staff performance when offices are too hot, and 4 percent when too cold. In addition, employee performance can decrease by as much as 66 percent when there is distracting noise, and it can take an average of 25 minutes to return to a task after an interruption.

The new sensor bundles can monitor occupancy, the number of people, temperature (at room and at desk level), noise levels, daylight levels, relative humidity and are Bluetooth enabled, to provide indoor positioning and navigation capabilities.

Bundling and delivering these sensing capabilities in one unit eliminates the need for multiple sensors and is also much more cost effective for businesses. The ability to differentiate the office working experience can help to create a healthy place to work, and help organizations reduce absenteeism.

These new sensors are smaller than a matchbox and are easily upgraded on premise with a simple click and swap via an upgradable sensor slot, a unique feature across a range of Philips professional office luminaires. There’s no need to take the luminaires out of the ceiling as the sensors can be fitted from the front of the luminaire.

Because luminaires can now be upgraded with different sensors at any time, organisations have the flexibility to incorporate increased functionality in the future or customise functionality for a tenant.

The new Philips sensor bundles for Interact Office will be available in May. Information here.