The UCI Libraries is committed to offering our users a safe, welcome place conducive to studying and working. We know that some users come to the Libraries for quiet concentration however others come to work collaboratively with their peers. We strive to provide a balance of spaces to support multiple activities. In order to offer the best mixture of spaces the Libraries is constantly assessing the usage of its spaces. We are currently conducting a pilot using Occuspace to help users find a space in our buildings that meet their needs and help us measure space usage.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is UCI Libraries doing this?
This pilot not only allows our users to find places to study and do other work, but will help us plan for possible improvements to our current spaces by providing data on usage.
How does Occuspace work?
Occuspace uses IoT sensors to sense Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals in the area and uses proprietary methods to estimate occupancy from the presence of these signals. Users can download Occuspace's free Waitz mobile app (Available for both Android and iOS devices.) to see which spaces are the least crowded or visit the Libraries’ web site at https://www.lib.uci.edu/where-do-you-want-study-today. You can also download the app Waitz to find access this information on the go.
What if I want to know what amenities a particular space offers?
Use the Study Space Locator at https://www.lib.uci.edu/study-space-locator.
What about privacy?
What if I don’t want my device to be pinged?
To keep your device from sending out signals that can be seen by devices like Occuspace sensors, simply turn off your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your electronic device.
Where else is Occuspace being used?
Occuspace is in use at the Student Center and other UC Libraries such as UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara.
Who should I contact if I have questions?
For questions or comments about this pilot, contact Kristine Ferry at firstname.lastname@example.org, Head, Access & Operations.