FRANKFURT, Germany — ABB demonstrated advanced occupant tracking sensors from PointGrab — in which ABB’s Technology Ventures arm made an investment in December 2015 — at Light+Building 2016. PointGrab uses edge-analytics connected sensors to deliver actionable occupant tracking information for smart homes and buildings.

PointGrab’s embedded analytics and edge-computing device are designed to enable the move from simple presence sensing to occupant recognition, counting, and tracking in real time.

Mike Mustapha, managing director of ABB’s Building Products business, said, “ABB is a pioneering technology leader in the area of smart homes and intelligent building solutions. In addition to the solutions developed by our own research and development engineers, we partner with experts to ensure we are driving the market in the application of the Internet of Things.” Alongside ABB, PointGrab showed how its new sensor, CogniPoint, can analyze room occupants and their positions to activate home and building automation functions. “The sensors from PointGrab can support facility managers in commercial buildings or consumers in their homes to improve energy efficiency, optimize space, and improve safety and security,” added Mustapha.

CogniPoint uses intelligent sensors and management software, providing embedded-analytics for tracking human activity across the entire space of a building. The demonstration at ABB’s booth highlighted how preset commands based on the position and number of occupants can activate various automation elements.

“Our CogniPoint sensors make buildings truly intelligent by providing an accurate understanding of how and where people utilize the building. With CogniPoint, real-time deep learning based analytics are shared with various systems within the building, such as HVAC and lighting control, safety, security, and access control,” said PointGrab’s chief business officer, Itamar Roth.

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Publication date: 3/30/2016

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