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Minimize needless power consumption with the latest occupancy sensor technology.

Cost-efficient energy management remains a common concern of all hoteliers, regardless of whether their properties are limited service, full service, or boutique hotel.

A new technology that is making waves is the occupancy sensor. Requiring minimal human intervention, this is a revolutionary trend for the hospitality industry. Reduced power consumption is a prized achievement for any hotelier, especially when it doesn’t mean having to choose between guest comfort and cost savings. As mutually exclusive as those two things may seem, there is always a middle way.
Every room cannot have full occupancy all the time. Maintaining a universal temperature setting results in unnecessary power drainage. Reducing power consumption in unoccupied rooms is a smart move.
Enter the occupancy sensor. As the name suggests, the sensor detects whether or not anyone is in the room and configures settings to maximize energy savings. The most common use of these sensors is wiring it to be integrated with thermostats and lighting systems.

Ambient temperature is an essential element of comfort. However, just like everything else, this comfort comes at a price: not only the obvious energy bills but also the emission of harmful greenhouse gases (GHGs). If we want our exotic coastal destinations to be intact for more than a few decades and, more importantly, if we hope to leave the legacy of a livable planet to coming generations, then the issue of climate change should be of concern.

Some prominent vendors in the market include Eaton Corporation, Honeywell International, Hubbell Incorporated, Johnson Controls, Leviton Manufacturing, Lutron Electronics, Pepperl+Fuchs, Pammvi Group, and Texas Instruments, among others.

Different sensors have distinct methodologies to detect human occupancy and range from basic to advanced customizability. This depends entirely upon the brand and model. The most common type is the motion detecting sensor. However, one of the biggest setbacks for this type is its counter-performance during nighttime when there is little to no motion. The lack of motion activates the “no occupancy” mode, which either leads the system to turn into power-saving mode or turn off entirely, potentially leaving guests either chilled or overheated. While this could be a nightmare for hoteliers, such scenarios can be circumvented by incorporating multiple sensing technologies in addition to motion sensors.

Hilton Vancouver Washington has been on the leading edge with occupancy sensors. The hotel has also been at the forefront of green hotel trends by being the first LEED certified property in the Northwest and the very first LEED certified Hilton hotel in the world.

With ever-increasing numbers of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems comes an ever greater need for efficient and accurate occupancy sensors.

Reducing power consumption in unoccupied rooms is a smart move.

Research and Markets, a market research store, released a report titled North America Occupancy Sensors Market—Growth, Trends & Forecasts (2016–2021.) This report projected the global occupancy sensor market of North America to be “expected to increase to $1.73 billion by 2020 at a compound annual growth rate of 20.92% over the period 2015-2020.” The report states, “The technology has a major role to play in this sector due to the cost effective matrix, and results into a longer life cycle of products and systems, along with greater reliability. The North American market accounted for the highest market share of 38% in 2014.” HT

By NAJOOK PANDYA