CrowdComfort is a crowd reporting tool that helps facility managers discover where they need to deliver more or less heat to satisfy occupants.
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When it come to winter, people feel the cold in different ways — some can stand the chill, while others need to have the heating on full blast. CrowdComfort is a crowd reporting tool that helps facility managers discover where they need to deliver more or less heat to satisfy occupants.
Building operators can get anyone who uses the facility — whether it’s an office, hotel or tower block — to download the CrowdComfort app. Through their smartphones, residents can then either rate their comfort level or report a maintenance issue. Users can report whether they’re too hot or too cold, and the data is sent to managers along with a timestamp and geolocation that details where that person is in the building. They can then use the data to distribute heating according to residents’ needs, creating a more efficient and environmentally-friendly way to manage the building. Operators can also respond to problems more quickly through the use of residents’ mobile devices. The video below explains more about the concept:
In the past, we’ve seen products such as Chüne enable partygoers to indicate their music taste to create a crowdsourced playlist of tracks that caters to everyone. Could a business idea like CrowdComfort be merged with this model to enable resident voting on things such as heat level to create a micro-democratic environment?