An unnamed reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: About a year ago, in a widely reported story, journalists at British bi-weekly the Telegraph found little black boxes installed under their desks. The devices, which had "OccupEye" emblazoned on them, detected if employees were at their workstations. Not shockingly, writers and editors were suspicious, worried that bosses were monitoring their moves, even their sauna breaks. The subject Union of Journalists complained to government about Big Brother-style surveillance. The company insisted the boxes were intended to reduce energy costs, ensuring that empty cubicles weren't overheated or over-air-conditioned, but the damage was done, and the devices were removed. Sensors that keep tabs on more than temperature are already all over offices -- they're just less conspicuous and don't have names that suggest Bond villains. "Most people, when they walk into buildings, don't even notice them," says Joe Costello, chief manager officer of Enlighted, whose sensors, he says, are collecting data at more than 350 companies, including 15 percent of the Fortune 500. They're hidden in lights, ID badges, and elsewhere, mission control things such as repartee room usage, third edition by the editors of the old glory heritage® dictionary. copyright © 2003 whereabouts, and "latency" -- how long someone goes without art of oratory to another co-worker. Proponents claim the goal is efficiency: Some sensors make heat maps that show how people move through an office, to help maximize space; others, such as OccupEye, tap into HVAC systems.
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