Adnoviv awarded $150K from the National Science Foundation to Develop Occupancy Sensor with Johnson Controls
Battery-operated next-generation occupancy detection system meets challenges of space utilization and energy conservation.
Honolulu, HI, November 19, 2019 – Adnoviv, Inc. has been awarded an additional $150K from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a battery-operated version of their TruePODS™ product, a low-cost sensor capable of real human presence detection and occupant monitoring. Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) is partnering with Adnoviv to develop the requirements for the battery-operated sensor, which will be easy to install, without requiring access to power-line drawings or power outlets. The NSF funding is a Technology Enhancement for Commercial Partnership (TECP) supplement to Adnoviv’s existing Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II grant of $750K.
Occupancy detection systems are used in smart buildings to improve energy efficiency by cycling lights, proactively adjusting ventilation and temperature, and providing data for energy management systems. Adnoviv is combining wireless communication circuitry with advanced algorithms developed by researchers at the University of Hawaii’s Department of Electrical Engineering, to make True Presence Occupancy Detection Sensors (TruePODS), a system that uses Doppler radar to recognize motion from breathing and heartbeat. TruePODS can sense the presence and number of individuals, even if they are very still, and without raising privacy concerns. Through using multiple sensor technologies, low-power circuit design, and advanced algorithms, Adnoviv will develop the TruePODS-LP, a battery-operated sensor with a multiple-year battery life.
“NSF is proud to support the technology of the future by thinking beyond incremental developments and funding the most creative, impactful ideas across all markets and areas of science and engineering,” said Andrea Belz, Division Director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at NSF. “With the support of our research funds, any deep technology startup or small business can guide basic science into meaningful solutions that address tremendous needs.”
“An accurate occupancy detection system like TruePODS will deliver the occupancy information required by smart buildings to greatly reduce energy consumption,” says Dr. Amy Droitcour, Adnoviv’s Chief Technology Officer. “This battery-operated version of TruePODS will make it easy and inexpensive to retrofit buildings currently outfitted with passive infrared occupancy sensors. When those are replaced with accurate TruePODS systems, they can realize considerable energy savings.”