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University of Birmingham to track energy use with building sensors

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University says technology will be used for energy efficiency not to monitor staff and students

The University of Birmingham has said it will use 23,000 digital sensors to monitor the use of buildings on its Edgbaston and Dubai campuses, and adjust energy flows accordingly.

The technology from Siemens can monitor people’s motion and use of space to detect building occupancy—but the university has said the data will be “anonymous” and “will not enable individuals to be identified”.

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