Making Complete Sense

Norma Lovhaugen, 2nd Feb 2021

Making Complete Sense

Neat Sense gives you accurate real-time room analytics for healthier, safer, more cost-effective meeting spaces and classrooms.

Neat Sense is an advanced set of smart room sensor technology which we've been integrating into Neat devices since we began designing and developing them, elevating each model beyond its primary function of providing superior audio and video. Neat Sense enables you to continuously manage and monitor air quality, humidity, CO2 and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs are organic chemicals, odors, scents, etc.), along with the number of people in the room, ambient noise and lighting conditions. All the data and statistics for these are easily obtainable on the Zoom dashboard.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has made us all acutely aware of how quickly a virus can spread and the devastation and disruption it causes. Therefore, it's essential that when people start returning to the office and students to schools, companies and educational authorities understand how important it is to implement the correct preventive measures for a safe and healthy working and learning environment.

Here's why your business or school would be wise to keep an eye on your working and learning environments:

1. Maintaining good air quality leads to enhanced well-being and productivity.

Good air quality makes employees and students happier, healthier and more productive. For example, a study by teams from Harvard and Syracuse Universities showed that employees in an office environment with excellent ventilation performed 61% better on cognitive tasks and had 30% fewer headaches and respiratory complaints.

2. Setting the right humidity levels reduces the risk of viruses spreading.

Higher humidity levels of between 30-60% reduce the risk of viruses spreading. However, when the air in the room is dry, perhaps due to air conditioning, the transmission of viruses increases. Researchers for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that when humidity levels were at 23%, 70-77% of virus particles could still cause infection an hour after someone coughing.

3. Calculating the amount of CO2 in the room makes it less hazardous.

CO2 or carbon dioxide is a natural greenhouse gas that is harmless in small amounts, but when levels rise can lead to low productivity and increased sick leave, making it a critical concern in offices, schools and home environments. Although carbon dioxide is the main ingredient in our exhalation, it can build up to have a dramatic impact on our decision-making and problem-solving, scientists have found.

4. Tracking VOC stops chemical pollution in everyday things being harmful.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a combination of gases and odors emitted from various toxins and chemicals found in everyday products. VOC sources in offices, schools and homes can be anything from cleaning products, paint, perfumes or even cooking and human breath, with the effects on our health including nose, eyes and throat irritation, headaches, loss of coordination and concentration, nausea, damage to the liver and central nervous system.

5. Knowing the people count in the room helps with real estate optimization.

Counting the number of people in the room makes it easier to follow social distancing measures when it comes to room capacity. It also helps with real estate optimization (maximizing a property's efficiency and productivity) as companies and schools can see how and when specific spaces are in use, if they need more available rooms, or should divide an area into two because of over-occupancy. You can save energy and money when no one is using the room too.

Finally, ambient noise can disrupt people's capacity to think clearly and retain information, impairing learning and memory. And bad lighting conditions, i.e., whether an office or classroom's light source is natural enough, artificial, too bright and blue or dim and yellow, impacts people's moods, productivity and creativity.

Constantly caring for Zoom customers

Neat has always believed in providing added value for Zoom customers by meeting their needs head-on, helping them feel happier, safer and remain on top of their game. Besides encouraging active engagement in meeting spaces, classrooms and beyond, Neat continuously strives to sustain people's energy levels and well-being, creating future-oriented solutions that go towards establishing the most productive and comfortable working and learning environments imaginable for you.

For more info about Neat devices or to order directly online, visit neat.no. We offer worldwide shipping and can deliver in just a few days. What's more, we've extended our 100% satisfaction guarantee to 100 days. So, now you can try Neat devices standalone for three months.

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