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Why building occupancy data is more important than ever.

As a working country, we are in the middle of the most significant working environment transformations in our young history. From open plan working to activity-based working and now the working from home/office balance - the workplace is an increasingly changing environment.

While some employees will be reluctant to return, others will welcome the return, and others will look for a balance.

What this means is that the numbers in the office and workplace are changing.

Building Occupancy has always been important for organisations and property managers alike. Occupancy levels affect a number of the building’s automation systems to utilise building performance such as energy management systems, lighting systems, temperature tontrol, air quality regulation, structural engineering/load bearing, emergency management requirements, security systems and more.

By knowing the building occupancy numbers, you can optimise the utility performance to reduce the carbon footprint, building running and maintenance costs, improve safety and security and more.

Building occupancy isn’t limited to commercial office building’s either.

Venues and Stadiums, Recreation Centres and Gyms, Factories and Plants, Universities are all facilities which require an understanding of occupancy to enable optimisation and performance efficiencies.

However there is a new factor at play and one that is not yet seen and it affects how you are allowed to operate.

Facilities will now need to understand how they are affected by the Covid-19 Protection Framework.

Whether that be at a reduced levels due to the vaccination certificate restrictions, or from the varying changes in the traffic light structure.

Here a some methods and systems you can put in place which allow you to easily manage your staff and visitors on site.

Alvarado's Entry Control Solutions

Industrial and Factory

Industrial warehouses and factory facilities use Speedgates and Turnstiles at the entry to office areas and production areas to account for the number of employees on site and in the facility. Link in with Time & Attendance Systems.

Commercial and Office

Speedgates and Turnstiles located on office floors and the entry to the workplace are an effective tool in being able to gather occupancy levels.

As each staff member and visitor entering is being accounted for, access control systems can then understand how many people have entered and are now in the area.

Gym and Recreation Centres

Reception Speedgates and Turnstiles integrated to the Gym Membership System’s will allow gyms to easily control the entry and exit of members into the gym and workout areas.

Venues and Stadiums

Controlled Entry Solutions at the entry and exit to Event Centres, Convention Centres, and Stadiums allow the venue operators to understand the numbers of how many patrons are inside the venue. This is important as most venues have limited capacity.


Students presenting their Student ID card to the Speedgates and Turnstiles located at the faculty building entrances will allow the University to control what students can access what building’s to decrease numbers throughout the facility.


Located at the Hospital's building entry, Speedgates and Turnstiles control the entry of visitors. Using a Visitor Management System, visitors enter their details to be issued with credentials such as printed QR codes and Barcodes to enter through the controlled gates.

Feel free to reach out to understand more how your organisation can better utilise their building using Speedgates and Turnstiles to collect occupancy data and control entry.


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