An occupancy sensor
is a device which detects the occupancy of a space following which it is able to send an electrical input to the lighting system and HVAC system to turn these systems on or off depending on whether there is someone in the space or not. This sort of operation helps in conservation of energy by ensuring that the above mentioned systems are only in operation when an individual is present in the given space. Because of the energy saving feature of an occupancy sensor, numerous buildings, especially office buildings are employing these sensors to reduce the overall cost incurred by them. On an average, various office building have individuals working in their respective offices for around 9 to 10 hours. There are of course individuals who work beyond that time. In such a scenario, having the lighting and HVAC system operating for the entire floor would incur a loss for the office over the long term. In view of this, offices have started having compartmentalized systems for lighting and HVAC. Should an individual be present in one part of the office, the HVAC and lighting system would be operational for just that one section while the remaining sections would be powered down. Such a technique can save an organization close to 30% in terms of energy savings over a year.
In terms of regional contribution, North America will contribute the highest to the overall share of occupancy sensors globally. Occupancy sensors have been available in the market for well over a decade. The concentration of this technology however was in North America right from the initial days. The market in North America is well aware of the advantages associated with occupancy sensors and is now a standard fitment across the board for offices, healthcare institutes and large retails stores. Libraries had been using occupancy sensors for lighting application right from day one. The reason why it was important for libraries was that many of the older books would be placed in special rooms where the temperature was maintained at a constant temperature to ensure that the books do not wither any further. Prolonged exposure to lights could affect the texture of these books in the long run, hence, it was absolutely necessary that the lights were switch off when no one was in the area. The market for occupancy sensors
is being fuelled by the demand in office, healthcare institute and retail spaces. Majority of the share is expected to come from North America with the APAC posing a high potential for growth for vendors to capitalize on in the coming years.
In terms of Occupancy sensor by technology the market has been divided into the following Passive infrared, Ultrasonic, Dual technology and others. The Occupancy sensor market has also been segmented by network connectivity Wired, Enocean, Wi-fi, Zigbee, Z wave and others. The Occupancy sensor market has also been segmented by coverage <90 degree, 91-180 degree, 181-360. The Occupancy sensor market has also been segmented by application Lighting control, HVAC and security surveillance. The Occupancy sensor market has also been segmented by operation Indoor and outdoor.
The Occupancy sensor market has also been segmented by building type Residential, Office, education, industrial, healthcare, retail, hospitality and others. The Occupancy sensor market has also been segmented by the following geographies Americas, APAC, Europe and RoW.Following are just a few of the companies that are operating in the Occupancy sensor market.
- Acuity Brands, Inc.
- Eaton Corporation PLC
- General Electric Company
- Honeywell International, Inc.
- Hubbell Incorporated