Butlr Technologies, Inc. today announced an additional funding round from Qualcomm Ventures. The company also announced it is launching the next generation of its patented Heatic wireless sensors, data and analytics to shape the future of work and agetech.
While Butlr’s technology is incapable of collecting personal information, its API offers real time and historical data on a building’s indoor foot traffic, occupancy levels and activity.
These insights are used for asset management, real estate investment planning and policy making in workplaces globally as well as senior care.
As asserted by Carlos Kokron, vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and managing director, Qualcomm Ventures Americas:
“There's a growing demand for intelligent solutions that provide accurate and real-time occupancy utilization data to better support the hybrid work environment. Butlr's next-generation wireless occupancy-sensing platform provides customers with spatial insights to drive better space utilization and improve operational efficiencies, while preserving privacy. We're excited to invest in Butlr as they leverage wireless technology and AI to enable the future of work and smart buildings.”
Sensors for hybrid work
Available today, Butlr’s new Heatic 2 sensors are wirelessly and magnetically mounted, install in a fraction of the time of wired solutions, and cover twice the area of the original sensors, as reckoned by the company.
The platform's new Zones feature monitors desk utilization, soft seating and activity, while its Space Visualizer tool shows usage trends based on heatmaps and people detections over time.
Related data allows customers to conduct A/B testing to determine the best office layout that reflects the culture of the workforce and needs of the organization.
Further, Butlr’s API allows customers and partners to integrate occupancy data with other databases and develop customized tools that meet their unique business requirements.
As noted by the company, employers use Butlr technology to create supportive and collaborative work environments. Meanwhile, commercial real estate professionals can use the Butlr technology for private and accurate insights on office usage, to offer flexible leasing options while executing a smart building strategy featuring more energy efficient properties with a lower carbon footprint.
Honghao Deng, co-founder and CEO of Butlr, said:
“Butlr technology is designed to reflect the significant cultural changes currently underway by providing the insights that allow everyone to make the most of their time at work, in senior care or aging at home. Our newest investor, Qualcomm Ventures, along with our latest technology allows us to meet this growing demand on a global level while playing a critical role in the future of work.”
Sensors for senior care
As reckoned by the company, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the population of people aged 60 years or older will double by 2050, representing 2.1 billion people.
For senior care at assisted living facilities and to help people age in place, the Butlr technology understands movement in a space and flags unusual activity such as falls.
Along with supporting seniors in a dignified manner, without the need for intrusive cameras or wristbands, Butlr also helps facilities close staffing gaps and adhere to compliance requirements.