Guide: Sensor Placement


This guide provides instructions on marking up floor plans with proposed VergeSense sensor locations. The end product is key in developing a proposal and deployment plan.

Example of a completed markup:

Markup Instructions

There are a few key pieces of information to be included in the floor plan markup:

  1. Sensor placement

  2. Gateway Placement

  3. Total Sensor Count

  4. Total Gateway Count

Step 1: Review the Scope

Confirm scope per customer's needs.

  • Full coverage: Full coverage means all areas of the floor plan that look like they may be regularly occupied by people are in scope (i.e. any spaces with furniture for people to sit or congregate around).

  • Partial coverage: For partial coverage, the customer will provide a list of space types that are in scope (e.g. desks only) or a version of the floor plan with areas in scope highlighted.

Step 2: Sensor Placement

The following areas are usually out of scope and should never be marked with a sensor unless specified by the customer.

  • File room

  • Copy room

  • Storage room

  • Mother’s room

  • Restrooms/bathrooms

Sensors are marked on the floorplan to estimate quantities required on a floor and show real life placement.

A few rules of thumb:

  • Maximum 6 desks per sensor

  • 1 sensor per office

  • Place sensor in center location (center of desk, room, desk hubs, seating area)

  • When marking sensors for rooms with flexible furniture such as training and project rooms, assume wall-to-wall coverage is needed.

  • Refer to list in the “Review Scope” section for areas that should not be marked with a sensor.

  • The sensor has a rectangular field of view typically covers an area of 15x18 feet. Red boxes shown below represent sensor coverage areas.



If it is difficult to estimate how many sensors will be needed in a given space, use a doorway width as a reference. Doorways are typically 3', and the sensor’s field of view at a height of 9' is 15' x 18'.

Placing Sensors

Areas where sensors are placed are categorized using six different icons:

Desk (blue), Meeting (purple), Office (green), Open Area (yellow), Threshold (orange), Gateway (grey)


All deployments are designed to be signs-of-life ready, it is imperative that the sensors have a clear line of sight to the desk surface, as well as the chair space. This requires sensors to be placed in the aisles between desks, instead of above the desks. This will prevent any obstructions to the desk surface such as large monitors, standing desks, and privacy screens.

Rows of desks:


This design should not require more than 20% additional sensors when compared to above-the-desk placement. If the furniture layout includes small sections of 3 to 4 desks it is acceptable to place the sensor centered above the pod.

Spaced-out pods:


When there are many rows of small pods, aisle placement is recommended, keeping under 20% additional units.

Pods in rows:



Due to the privacy walls installed in cubicles, the typical sensor-to-desk ratio is 1:4. As seen below:

Meeting Room

This area consists of any enclosed room, not in an open space, that is used for meetings. Not assigned to specific employees (such spaces should be classified as offices). Meeting rooms are generally characterized by a table surrounded by seats. E.g.- meeting, conference, phone, focus, and video call room.

1 Sensor typically covers a table with up to 12 seats. For larger or multiple tables, add more sensors as needed.



Offices are usually assigned to a specific employee, characterized by a door and usually containing a single desk. Some desks may seem as large as an office, but do not have a door. Some offices are labeled as “OPEN”. This is still an office, although unassigned.



Common Areas

Common areas are spaces such as waiting areas/reception, training rooms, game rooms, and dining areas. Furniture in these spaces may move so wall-to-wall coverage is needed. Sensors may not have to be placed directly over furniture in some cases. Evenly distributed sensors will provide wall-to-wall regardless of furniture layout. For best coverage, plan to have 3' of FOV overlap.



Entryway counting sensors will be placed in entry spaces per customer scope.

Spaces may include elevators, cafeteriass, and common areas.


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