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Human Sensor Networks need a Human Sensor Platform

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Happy New Year, and welcome to 2016: The Year of the Human Sensor Network. 


The Human Sensor Network is a concept that we at CrowdComfort are passionate to explore. Imagine a world where buildings, and other spaces we occupy, become immediate conduits to capture the most powerful data on Earth: Human Sensory Experiences.


By building a network of “human sensors,” we can capture these experiences. With this data, people can directly influence occupant experience, and continue to make buildings better. We have discussed the ways to improve a human sensor, and how to improve the overall Human Sensor Network, but we need a medium to facilitate it; a processed way to input the experiences people have. 


So in order to build a viable Human Sensor Network, let’s highlight the features that the necessary platform would need in order to fully capture sensory experiences: 


  • Mobility, and a way to use your smart-device — The number of people who use smartphones, and the predicted growth of those users is staggering. Apps and the “instant economy” of today have drastically changed consumption habits: people can connect, shop, learn, and do so much more anywhere at anytime. A human sensor, or any occupant in your building will more likely than not have tablet, iPhone, or Android device or some sort. Mobility in tech is constantly growing, as is the user-friendliness of smart-devices. Gone are the days of designated terminals and computers to survey and gather data, as the mobile revolution is critical in Human Sensor collection. 


  • Multifaceted communication, with peers and decision makers — Tying back into the social media phenomenon of today, the ability to collaborate and share with colleagues is an extremely important piece of functionality in a Human Sensor platform. Interfaces should not only let Human Sensors report, comment, and follow other experiences, but they should also a way to connect to decision makers. Dedicated portals and streams of messaging build rapport and trust, as people inputting data know that managers are using their experiences to truly make their lives better. 


  • Geo-location, and geo-tech to map experiences — Knowing the location of your data points is the cornerstone of a Human Sensor Network. It’s one thing to input the location, but in buildings you want to know when and where people had these experiences. Location Tech is a rapid-growing technology space, and has poured into many spheres. A functionable “geotag” offers the people in your space greater accuracy and awareness of their environment. 


For example, this year’s College Football Playoff is using location tech to improve fan experience at games. They can tell fans where to go, what’s happening, and most importantly, encourage engagement with the event. All of these are great ways to build a Human Sensor Network; provide your occupants ways to participate, and they’ll soon be fans of your buildings. 


We’re kicking off 2016 with insights about the Human Sensor Network, what are some ways you could use/identify a Human Sensor Network? 



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