Harman unveils IoT automation system

Harman has introduced an Internet of Things (IoT) system with integrated AMX automation.

The system integrates IoT technology from Harman Connected Services and automation technology from AMX with Harman’s technology.

The product allows buildings to react intelligently to people within a space and offers the ability to passively track traffic flows, room occupancies and employee locations within building. AMX automation systems are designed to react to employee location by appropriately updating room schedules, adjusting audio levels and updating digital signage.

“The ability to link Harman’s IoT solutions with AMX automation opens up powerful possibilities and really shows the potential of where we are headed,” says Kevin Morrison, SVP at enterprise for Harman.

The end-to-end system incorporates IoT gateways and sensors, online dash boarding and device and cloud-based analytics to reduce user interaction. This includes an Occupancy and Dwell Time Counter (ODTC) deployed to rack people movement and a heat sensor with measures temperature within in a 60 sq ft radius. 

Andrew Till, VP at technology for Harman Connected Services, commented: “Corporations can leverage this technology to streamline basic operations, providing a better working environment and lowering costs by tracking room usage for energy savings. Retail and performance venues can provide a more tailored, targeted solution for guests by analysing traffic flow and identifying peak traffic times.”

Harman has also introduced an in-building mobile device locator to help companies predict user behaviour and help monitor security.  Through the system, operators can measure location and traffic patterns via the radiation strength of WiFi and Bluetooth transmissions from specific mobile devices within a 3-metre radius in a building.
Both Harman’s ODTC and in-building device systems work with a building’s AV systems and environmental controls via AMX automation to react to user requirements by conserving energy where possible (i.e. empty meeting rooms) and adjusting the volume in a room based on the number of people within it. Digital signage systems are also able to track customers throughout an area and show them content relevant to where they have visited in the facility.

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