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The Attributes of a Human Sensor

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The Human Sensor Network™ is a powerful tool. It allows the experiential content from a human being’s day-to-day to be quantifiable; data that betters human experiences, because it understands what human beings were doing before. At CrowdComfort, we believe the human sensor is key in bettering buildings, and bettering technology. 

 

“Human Sensing” is a concept that is extremely fresh in the minds of innovators, but has the potential to advance technologies like never before. For example, this study done by Irene Gengler published by the Sensory Testing Service, highlights the benefits that human sensing can provide businesses. 

 

“Human measurements are variable, but can be made more reliable if appropriate methods and procedures are used. As with any testing, resources are needed for good measurements. Sensory data can facilitate good decisions on a variety of issues, and the improvement in the quality of the information collected will have long-term value for product decisions.” 

 

So a Human Sensor Network has the aforementioned potential, and there are a lot of skills required in establishing a strong network. However, we first have to look at the attributes of the most important part of a Human Sensor Network: 

The people. 

 

Sight, sound, smell, touch, and hearing: 

While it seems obvious, quantifying the human sensor relies on having accurate interpretations and collection of sensory experiences. For example: if there is a gas leak in your building, a human sensor can identify the smell of the gas in the air. The lights are headache inducing? Someone can see and then report that. People have used their senses based on instinctual impulses, and seeking better ways to go through their general day-to-day. Sensory ties into the next important attribute of a human sensor…. 

 

“See something, say something;” Human Sensors are Collaborative: 

How many times have you told someone this: “Can you smell the milk, I think it went bad.” Or this one during an atmospheric phenomenon: “Check it out, that comet looks crazy.” Countless times thorugh out a day, people use sensory items to connect and collaborate. This is extremely important when establishing a strong human sensor network.

 

When one person sees something dangerous or uncomfortable, they can establish a rapport when someone else agrees, or shares that out to even more people. This promotes qualilty checking of the data you get from your human sensors, and creates an invested community, or an invested Human Sensor Network.

 

So if you’re going to make a foray into the exciting world of data collection thorugh human sensing, make sure that you are gathering data that, well, “makes sense.” 

 

How else have you experienced, or noticed, the potential that human sensing and human sensory brings to industry? 

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