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SIDEBAR: Overcoming Privacy Concerns With Network Lighting Systems
A networked lighting system that can provide audio, visual, and space use data is a huge boon to facility managers, but has the potential to leave some facility occupants feeling like they’re under constant surveillance. One way to get around this concern is to ensure that data is used in the aggregate, instead of being tagged to a particular user.
Another strategy is to sell building occupants on the fact that what they’re getting in return is much greater than what they’re giving up. “If you look at our digital lives and the way they’ve evolved, most people have voluntarily given up some privacy for significant benefits,” says Gary Trott, Cree vice president. He gives Uber as an example. “You’re letting Uber track you, but because of the benefit, you completely accept that. You give up something, but you’re getting something.”
He says that while there will always be people who are not going to be comfortable with certain aspects of the Building IoT, they are in the minority.