XY Sense, the leading platform for actionable occupancy intelligence in corporate real estate, has announced a groundbreaking firmware upgrade for its customers. This upgrade includes a new patent-pending algorithm that can accurately detect human occupancy within a remarkable two seconds across a 1,022 sqft (95 sqm) area, with an accuracy rate exceeding 98.5%.
Developed by XY Sense’s in-house team of machine learning experts, the second version of the XY Sense detection algorithm (known as XYDA2.0) utilizes state-of-the-art machine learning techniques. This advanced algorithm enables rapid and precise detection of live human occupancy, effectively eliminates duplicate detections, and optimizes the processing of raw detection data on XY Sense Area Sensors.
After an extensive two-year development period and thorough testing in both XY Sense labs and participating beta customer environments, the upgraded detection algorithm has shown remarkable results. It has significantly reduced duplicate detections by 83% and false positive detections (such as mistaking office plants for humans) by 33%. Furthermore, it has achieved a notable increase in true positive detections by 27%. Across all test environments, XYDA2.0 has achieved an average precision score exceeding 98.5%, representing a 2% improvement over XY Sense’s previous detection algorithm.
Luke Murray, Chief Technology Officer of XY Sense, emphasized the importance of even small improvements in precision: “While a 2% precision improvement may seem modest considering our already high baseline, we recognize that the accuracy of each occupancy detection is crucial when customers integrate our live sensor data into their workplace experience layer. Two percent makes a difference when you require real-time information on desk or room availability. This new detection algorithm is a game-changing step toward achieving close to 100% sensor accuracy, which is our ultimate goal.”
As with all previous and future versions of the XY Sense Area Sensor, the privacy of individuals within the monitored space remains protected at all times. XY Sense only transmits 100% anonymous “X” and “Y” ground point coordinates, along with anonymous metadata. It does not have the capability to identify individuals. The firmware upgrade will be remotely deployed over the air, with no additional charges for existing customers.
Alex Birch, co-founder and CEO of XY Sense, emphasized the company’s commitment to providing the market’s highest-performing occupancy sensor: “This release demonstrates our dedication to delivering the most advanced occupancy sensor available. We offer extensive coverage without compromising real-time accuracy. Additionally, our hardware continues to improve through continuous over-the-air updates and AI-powered feature enhancements. This is one of the key advantages of choosing an occupancy sensor solution built on a computer vision technology platform. It ensures that customers receive a higher return on investment from their sensor deployment.”
XY Sense has experienced rapid growth in the past year, doubling its enterprise customer base. Corporate real estate teams are increasingly relying on real-time occupancy sensor data to monitor return-to-office programs, optimize real estate costs, and inform the redesign of office spaces for new hybrid working models. The company now powers occupancy intelligence in over 17 countries for renowned brands such as CBRE, Xero, Toast, Mirvac, Fidelity International, as well as leading global financial and pharmaceutical firms.