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System for building a profile of building occupants

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236594D
Publication Date: 2014-May-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

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Abstract

A method and system for building a profile of building occupants is disclosed.

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System for building a profile of building occupants

Disclosed is a method and system for building a profile of building occupants.

Before beginning the construction of a new mall or shopping center, planners typically perform extensive research regarding the surrounding neighborhoods and traffic patterns in order to build a profile of the expected shoppers for the complex. However, neighborhoods and traffic patterns change over time and the customers frequenting a particular shopping center may not be typical of the surrounding area. Operators of existing shopping centers perform regular surveys and market research in an effort to keep up with these changes. It would be beneficial to provide a system integrated into the building itself which would be capable of providing detailed information regarding at least some aspects of the individuals who frequent it.

Large companies face a similar challenge when engaging in programs to improve employee health and wellness. Human resources departments propose and execute many different approaches in an effort to improve employee health in order to improve employee productivity, minimize absenteeism due to illness, and to reduce insurance costs. However, in order to accurately determine the effects of these efforts it is necessary to perform expensive before and after assessments of participants in the program as well as a control group. Because of the high cost this analysis is rarely done. For these reasons, companies are often left guessing about the effectiveness of their health and wellness programs. It would be beneficial to provide a system integrated into the company's buildings that could provide an up-to-date profile of the health of the occupants. This would make the results of health initiatives easy to track and would allow companies to reduce spending on less effective approaches and focus on the initiatives with the most impact and least cost.

Additionally, companies currently face a world of ever-increasing insurance rates that are often based in part on the health of a company's workforce. A system which could provide accurate and comprehensive data related to the health of a company's workforce could be immensely helpful to the company in negotiating for lower insurance rates based on the good health of its workforce.

It is therefore apparent that there is a need for an economical system to provide up-to-date physical profiles of the occupants of a building without compromising the occupants' privacy. Furthermore, in order to minimize the interruption or discomfort of the building occupants, it would be beneficial to provide this support as a system which can be integrated into existing building structure. That is, a system which is capable of building a physical profile of the building occupants while the building occupants engage in standard activities. Ideally, it would be unnecessary for the occupants to be concerned in any way with the operation of the system.

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