Apart from lighting, there are other environmental elements that impact employee health and well-being. 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% drop in staff performance when offices are too hot, and 4% when too cold. In addition, employee performance can decrease by as much as 66% when there is distracting noise, and it can take an average of 25 minutes to return to a task after an interruption.
To address these issues, Signify is launching new Philips IoT sensor bundles that collect and deliver data via the Interact Office connected lighting system and Environmental monitoring API’s. The new sensors that are being launched enable businesses to monitor their office environment and optimize conditions for employee health and well-being.
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 into 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.