USU’s energy lab receives tech grant

Utah State University’s Energy Dynamics Laboratory has received a grant valued at $40,000 from the Utah Governor’s office of Economic Development Centers of Excellence program. The grant was awarded for further development of the Smart Occupancy Sensor that has been designed and is being tested at EDL.Dr. Aravind Dasu, director of EDL, says this prestigious recognition will help enable EDL to further develop important technology that will become ubiquitous in office buildings and homes across America. He says the Centers of Excellence Award will help transform the way light is used by turning raw data from electro-optical and infra-red sensors into intelligent information that decodes the scene of a space by determining the activity of occupants, properties of the environment, furniture and light sources and learning occupant activity patterns. The Smart Occupancy sensor is a dual mode hardware device which, when mounted on a ceiling in an office or a home, will reliably and instantaneously turn lights on when a space is occupied and turn them off when a space is unoccupied.

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