Smart Technologies for Smart Buildings
Cristal Controls Occupancy Sensors combine innovative technologies for industry proven performance.
Adaptive Technology is a breakthrough that delivers benefits to both building owners and occupants. The building owner achieves reduced energy costs, fewer adjustments and less maintenance, and the building occupant experiences fewer false-offs and disturbances. Adaptive technology occupancy sensors use microprocessors that make all the decisions for setting adjustments. Internal software constantly monitors the controlled area and automatically adjusts the sensitivity and timer based on environmental history. This means that instead of manually adjusting the sensor for seasonal changes, modified airflow, furniture layout or occupancy pattern changes, the sensor automatically adjusts itself. These automatic adjustments eliminate the need for multiple manual adjustments by maintenance personnel or outside contractors.
How to select the right technology for the proper application ?
Dual technology occupancy sensors combine both passive infrared (PIR) and ultrasonic (US) technologies for maximum reliability. Because US and PIR need to both detect occupancy to turn lighting on, dual technology sensors minimize the risk of lights coming on when the space is unoccupied—false triggering. Continued detection by only one technology then keeps lighting on as necessary. Dual technology sensors offer the best performance for most applications.
Ultrasonic (US) technology senses occupancy by bouncing sound waves (32 kHz – 45 kHz) off of objects and detecting a frequency shift between the emitted and reflected sound waves. Movement by a person or object within a space causes a shift in frequency, which the sensor interprets as occupancy. While US occupancy sensors have a limited range, they are excellent at detecting even minor motion such as typing and filing, and they do not require an unobstructed line-of-sight. This makes US technology sensors ideal for an application like an office with cubicles or a restroom with stalls.
PASSIVE INFRARED (PIR)
Passive infrared (PIR) technology senses occupancy by detecting the movement of heat emitted from the human body against the background space. Unlike US technology, PIR sensors require an unobstructed line-of-sight for detection. These sensors use a segmented lens, which divides the coverage area into zones. Movement between zones is then interpreted as occupancy. PIR sensors are ideal for detecting major motion (e.g. walking), and they work best in small, enclosed spaces with high levels of occupant movement.