IoT sensor for monitoring indoor environment quality and occupancy

IoT sensor

A new cloud-based IoT sensor monitors indoor air quality and room occupancy with a scalable and secure solution.

Yanzi Health is a non-complex smart building solution that can be connected to the cloud within minutes. IP communication and standardised tech are equipped with enterprise security to allow for scaled-up monitoring. A single IoT network is needed with no wiring required. With improved accuracy the sensor can be powered from a USB-C wall outlet or a Power over Ethernet (PoE) and acts as a mesh node for other Yanzi sensors.

In Honeywell’s 2nd annual Healthy Buildings survey, 9/10 respondents wanted to be informed of their buildings air quality. Air quality depends on numerous factors and the sensor monitors room occupancy and indoor air quality such as particulate matter (PM) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Yanzi Health can be connected wirelessly or via ethernet to Yanzi IoT Gateway in a secure way through Yanzi’s “Zero-Touch configuration”. It can be immediately accessed through the Cirrus API or Yanzi Insights dashboard. Yanzi sensors can also be accessed via Environment Monitoring in the GemEx Engine platform.

The senor monitors: PM, CO2, VOC Index, Temperature, Humidity, Barometric pressure, Sound pressure (dBA) and Ambient light.

Particulate matter is a mixture of compounds such as dust, chemicals or even smoke from cooking, cleaning products, printers, consumer products and even outdoor pollution making its way in. High PM levels have been linked to poor health and in this fight knowledge is power. Yanzi Health is capable of measuring fine to coarse sized PM, including PM1, PM2.5, and PM10 .

The senor uses hybrid mesh technology, a network of wireless data being passed between devices securely and well wirelessly. Yanzi Health acts as a hub for all the data it captures utilising the Mesh Node Network. The IoT sensor itself is a mesh node, giving several data points to communicate. So if one fails the data is still being sent through all the working sensors.

A major benefit of this is that the sensors don’t all have to be in direct range of a gateway or access point because they can pass the data through a mesh node instead. Yanzi Health uses hybrid mesh tech allowing for seamless multihop between long and short range radios. This is opposed to regular mesh tech which has seamless multihop between short range radios. What this all means is that data can be transferred securely and easily over extended ranges.

The average cost of occupying a new build office increased by 13% in September 2022 and for a 20 year old building, costs increased by 18%. Yanzi Health helps you understand occupancy trends in your building and enables you to adjust heating, ventilation and lights to use only when needed. Most office-based businesses have 1 meeting room for every 10 employees. You could be on your way to building a new meeting room thinking you need more, only to look at the occupancy data and realise that current existing rooms are being under-utilised. This not only cuts costs significantly for you but also ensures your making better use of your workspace, instead a new meeting room you build on things your office or building needs such as new breakout space.

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