WHO: Mr. Sunil Ghai, IBM-IRL

WHEN: 1 - 2pm IST, 17 Feb, 2012

TITLE: Occupancy Detection in Commercial Buildings using Opportunistic Context Sources

ABSTRACT: Accurate occupancy information in commercial buildings can enable several useful applications such as energy management and dynamic seat allocation. Most prior efforts in this space depend on deploying an additional network of deeply coupled sensors to gather occupancy details. In this talk, I will present a novel approach for occupancy detection using opportunistic context sources that are commonly available in commercial buildings such as area access badges, Wi-Fi access points, Calendar and Instant Messaging clients. We validated the approach through a 30 day long pilot study of a building floor with 5 volunteers.