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Improving Health Space Productivity – Beringar

Improving Health Space Productivity – Beringar

Location: Loxford Polyclinic, Illford

Beringar partnered with CENSIS in Glasgow to develop a LoRa-based space capacity sensor. The sensor uses a combination of advanced visual light sensors and bluetooth technology to count the number of people in a room, identify their role and measure the availability of space. Beringer hope that this innovative solution will allow NHS estate managers to understand the service capacity of their buildings, optimise the balance between flexible and permanent space requirements and reduce wasted space, which should save millions of pounds in the process.

We partnered with CENSIS for this experiment.

The NHS is suffering from a perceived chronic shortage of quality health accommodation. The result is that the NHS is planning to create new facilities costing millions of pounds to deal with this ‘shortage.’ In reality, the health system has high quality space in abundance, but it is simply undiscovered, unallocated and underutilised.

Beringer addressed this challenge by developing a prototype of a visible light and environment sensor, which they tested at The Loxford Practice NHS estate in Illford. The sensor counted the number of people in a room and identified their role in real-time. This data provided an accurate measurement of the usage patterns of the building in terms of occupants, flow through the building and the relationship between use and service costs. The data collected from Beringar’s sensors could be used to indicate the availability of specialised rooms in an NHS building, inform smart schedules and room booking, and enable real-time messaging to boost the physical utilisation of a buiding. These innovative systems would allow the NHS to use their buildings more efficiently and reduce the requirement for new bespoke health facilities.

The LoRa network allowed Beringer to gather data independently of their client or the building’s communications systems, making it faster and easier to install their sensors. LoRa also enabled the team to collect information across a large building estate, where they would’ve ordinarily faced problems in receiving wifi or mobile telephony signals.

  • The team initially struggled with establishing the LoRa gateway and connection.
  • There was a reliable data flow from the LoRa network.
  • The team achieved a better understanding than they’d expected of room utilisation patterns.
  • The client was excited about the potential of the service.
  • The team found it beneficial to their experiment to gain the client’s trust early, to take some risks and to work with true experts in the field.

For more information, please contact Mark Sorsa-Leslie at mark@beringar.co.uk.

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