Facility management device may sound to you an awkward use of AI technology. But it is a matter of the fact; that office space is a great expense for larger businesses. The companies with larger staff often mark it as one of their major expenses. Thus, this is the reason, Y Combinator’s start-up VergeSense chooses its first commercial project to be a facility management device. According to their team has been working on this VergeSense AI Device since they have joined the incubator program back in May.

How VergeSense AI Device Will Work?

The AI platform the company has used is “sensor as a system;” which the dub and it consists of sensing devices having a range of various sensor hardware. This includes a process data and reports occupancy analysis with VergeSense’s cloud; and an image sensor, that’s also coupled with a cloud platform.

“We’re using really inexpensive hardware… We’ve crammed a bunch of different sensors inside. The core of the product is actually built around computer vision; so we’ve got a really inexpensive image sensor that’s embedded inside,” VergeSense co-founder Dan Ryan tells TechReviewsOnline. “The whole concept around what we’re doing is; we’re using machine learning in pre-trained AI modules to do all of the processing on the device itself.”

“We’re not streaming a bunch of raw video data back to a cloud service — we’ve pre-trained our models to run on the device themselves,” he further says.

The VergeSense’s Cloud Technology:

Moreover, such AI modules are trainable so as to meet any particular client’s demand or requirement of tracking sensor; before being integrated on to the sensor device that’s fixed in the user’s place. Make no mistake, that the processing would be done locally on the VergeSense AI device; and the detection outcomes will only be sent to the Cloud. The cloud service enables the users to log in their account; and get their eyes on the analytics regarding their office building.

How It Can Benefit the Customers?

Furthermore, the entire sales frequency to the customers is a system to passively track the way office space is being used; offering the clarity into the dynamics multi-occupant, multi-tenant environments; and giving suggestions of reallocation of resources to utilize the space in the best possible way.

“Maybe you’ve got an office that’s segmented between a bunch of open office spaces, and you’ve got a bunch of conference rooms. But your conference rooms are actually way over-utilized, they’re full all the time, we could inform that building owner that those rooms are being over-utilized and that they need to double down on a room,” explains Ryan.

“Or, in the opposite use-case, we could say you’ve got a conference room; that’s designed for 16 people. But at max, we only get two people using the room… We can make that data available to them; and they could split that space into two spaces.”

The Problem Is Real For Large Businesses!

“It sounds like kind of a boring problem. But especially in the Bay Area, the price of real estate being $60/ft a year; on average, if you’ve got a 300sq ft conference room space that’s an $18,000 a year asset, right. Just in that one room. So there’s actually huge savings and efficiencies; you can start gleaning by making all that data available to the end-users,” he adds.


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