Disruptive Radar Technology Uses Human-Respiration to Detect Presence

Smart sensor technology developer, Novelda, is working with German sensor technology leader, STEINEL, to improve the user experience and increase the value of presence sensors for the end-customers.

Together with STEINEL, Novelda has developed True Presence, a sensor that uses people’s respiration for accurate presence detection. Based on Novelda’s disruptive XeThru sensor technology, the new product will be the flagship for STEINEL presence detectors. With a much more precise presence detection, the customers will increase their energy savings related to light and HVAC control, and since the sensors are able to know if there are people in a room or not, an evacuation can be effectuated much more effectively than before, and even save more lives.

The idea behind the new and revolutionary True Presence sensor is to use people’s respiration for accurate presence detection. Today, most available presence sensors are based on passive infrared radiation (PIR), ultrasound or microwave capable of detecting major and minor movements. They lack the ability to detect the presence of persons that are sitting still. Novelda’s XeThru technology with its extreme sensitivity and accuracy allows for a very robust positioning and real-time presence detection. Being able to measure a person breathing up to 10 meters distance and providing distance measurements makes it possible to detect people that are sitting completely still or even sleeping under a duvet.

Novelda is recognized as a world leader within Ultra Wide Band (UWB) radar technology. The company recently closed a USD 15 million funding round led by Investinor, to further develop and take the XeThru radar sensor technology into high volume applications.