Monitoring Solutions for your Laboratory

In a modern laboratory setting, implementing comprehensive monitoring systems is crucial to ensure efficient operations and maintain optimal conditions for both equipment and personnel. Asset utilization monitoring, environmental monitoring, and occupancy monitoring are three essential components of this integrated approach. 

Asset utilization monitoring involves real-time tracking and analysis of laboratory equipment usage, allowing for better resource allocation and preventive maintenance planning. Environmental monitoring encompasses continuous assessment of various factors such as temperature, humidity, air quality, and light levels, creating a controlled environment conducive to accurate experimentation and sample integrity. Simultaneously, occupancy monitoring utilizes smart sensors to track the presence of personnel within the laboratory, optimizing space utilization and ensuring adherence to safety protocols. By leveraging advanced monitoring technologies in these areas, laboratories can enhance productivity, mitigate risks, and foster a seamless research environment, ultimately advancing scientific discovery and innovation.

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Equipment Utilization Monitoring:


Equipment utilization monitoring plays a pivotal role in optimizing laboratory efficiency and resource management. By continuously tracking the usage of laboratory equipment and assets, scientific facilities can identify underutilized or overburdened resources. This real-time insight allows for effective planning and allocation of equipment, reducing downtime and preventing unexpected breakdowns. Lab asset utilization monitoring enables informed decisions on asset acquisition, retirement, or replacement, leading to cost savings and improved budget allocation. With a streamlined workflow and enhanced productivity, researchers can focus more on their core scientific pursuits, ensuring that valuable time and resources are maximized for groundbreaking scientific discoveries and advancements.

Full Spectrum Lab Services from CBRE offers advanced monitoring technologies and systems by offering:

  • Asset Identification: Each laboratory asset, such as instruments, equipment, and machinery, is labeled with a unique identifier, such as a barcode or RFID tag. This identification allows the system to differentiate between individual assets.
  • Data Collection: Sensors or monitoring devices are installed on the laboratory assets to collect relevant data. These sensors track parameters like usage duration, frequency, downtime, energy consumption, and operational performance.
  • Data Aggregation: The data collected from the sensors is aggregated and processed by a centralized software or monitoring platform. This platform provides a comprehensive overview of the entire asset inventory.
  • Real-Time Monitoring: Asset utilization data is updated and made available in real-time. Laboratory managers and researchers can access this information through Full Spectrum Lab Services’ dashboards, providing them with instant insights into asset usage patterns.
  • Analytics and Reporting: Monitoring systems include advanced analytics tools to identify trends, usage patterns, and performance metrics. Customizable reports and visualizations help stakeholders make data-driven decisions. Predictive analytics ensure that make and model algorithmic formulas pre-determine failure of critical equipment.
  • Alerts and Notifications: The system can be configured to send alerts or notifications when an asset approaches maintenance thresholds or experiences unusual usage patterns, enabling proactive maintenance and reducing downtime.
  • Resource Optimization: Armed with asset utilization data, laboratory managers can optimize resource allocation, plan preventive maintenance, and ensure that assets are used to their full potential, minimizing idle time and improving operational efficiency.
  • Budgeting and Planning: Historical data from asset utilization monitoring assists in better budget allocation, making it easier to justify new asset acquisitions or replacements based on actual usage patterns.
  • Integration with Inventory Management: Full Spectrum Lab Services’ asset utilization monitoring system integrates with laboratory’s inventory management software, facilitating seamless asset tracking and preventing asset losses.

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Environmental Monitoring Solutions:

Full Spectrum Lab Services from CBRE’s laboratory environmental monitoring is a fully scalable solution for laboratories of any size. Our experienced laboratory consulting team starts the process with an evaluation of your regulated spaces. Once we have an understanding of the space and industry requirements, we configure your sensors. Once the system is configured and tested, we train your staff to ensure correct system usage. We can even set up system alerts for open doors, , temperature fluctuations, and more. These alerts are available in many forms, such as texts, emails, visual alerts, audio alerts. Monitoring as a service includes:

  • Onsite installations, training, and mapping services
  • Remote support and remote calibration services
  • Remote access to reports on temperature, pressure, humidity, O2 levels, CO2 concentrations, light levels, and more
  • Custom alerts, such as light intrusion, water intrusion, temperature fluctuations, and open doors
  • Access to a series of reports via your tablet or mobile phone
  • Data storage in the Microsoft Azure Cloud—an ANAB-accredited Information Security Management System—which guarantees cyber security and data protection
  • 24/7 system uptime (even in the event of internet failure)
  • Onsite calibration services (NIST, UKAS traceable) are available with our mobile laboratory units

Occupancy Monitoring Solutions:

Full Spectrum Lab Services from CBRE offers occupancy monitoring solutions in the laboratory that use various technologies to track and manage the presence of personnel in the workspace. These solutions help optimize laboratory space utilization, enhance safety protocols, and ensure compliance with occupancy limits. We offer:

  • Motion Sensors: Motion sensors are placed strategically throughout the laboratory to detect movement and identify the presence of individuals. These sensors can be integrated with a centralized monitoring system to provide real-time occupancy data.
  • Infrared (IR) Sensors: IR sensors are capable of detecting body heat and can be used to determine the number of people in a specific area or room within the laboratory.
  • Wi-Fi-Based Tracking: Solutions that leverage Wi-Fi access points to detect and track Wi-Fi-enabled devices carried by laboratory personnel. This data can be used to estimate occupancy levels.
  • Camera-Based Systems: Cameras equipped with computer vision algorithms can track the movement of people within the laboratory. This technology can provide real-time video analysis and occupancy data.
  • Badge or ID Card Scanners: Employees and scientific staff can use their ID cards or badges to check-in and check-out of the laboratory, enabling the system to monitor occupancy accurately.
  • Occupancy Counting Systems: These systems utilize overhead sensors or laser-based sensors to count the number of people entering and exiting the laboratory, providing a real-time count of occupants.
  • Heatmap Analysis: Solutions that offer heatmap visualizations to represent areas of high or low occupancy within the laboratory, helping to identify areas of congestion or underutilization.
  • Integration with Access Control Systems: Occupancy monitoring systems can be integrated with access control systems, enabling access only when the laboratory’s maximum occupancy limit has not been reached.

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CBRE’s occupancy monitoring solutions are always put into place with consideration for privacy and data protection regulations, ensuring that the collected data is used responsibly and ethically. Clients may choose the most appropriate solution based on their specific needs, budget, and existing infrastructure.

Your lab will ALWAYS be ready for any kind of compliance audit.

The compliance component of running a biotech, medical, or pharmaceutical lab is stressful. Our laboratory monitoring solutions can ease some of that burden. Necessity is the mother of invention, but peace of mind is the purpose of our remote monitoring solution. We want to help laboratory leaders protect the quality of their science; the reputation of their lab is part of our mission. In the event of an FDA compliance audit, our mobile application is all you need.

A few taps and you have every report necessary for your auditor. You no longer have to schedule a time for qualifications and calibrations. You can forget about outdated reports that don’t pass audits. Our continuous monitoring system stores 10,000 data points—with time and date stamps—so you can pull required data at any moment.

Designing Labs Built for You: Client Case Studies

Client 1:

Reducing Laboratory Asset Management Costs by 39%

Redeployment of underutilized equipment & PM cost reductions.

The Outcome

$7.6M in potential redeployment & preventative maintenance savings were identified with a further $500K from new purchase avoidance.

The Challenge

The group had 305 lab assets and 415 chromatography instruments. Many were utilized for less than 20% of a normal working day and a proportion were not used at all.

The Solution

We used real-time equipment utilization monitoring over 6 months and annual repair and maintenance data analytics to optimize the groups laboratory asset fleet.

Client 2:

Laboratory Space Density Increased by 150%

Part of a campus wide laboratory Real Estate optimization.

The Outcome

Assigned headcount increased per laboratory floor from 24 to 60 scientists. Equipment utilization increased by 21%. O.O.M. facility cost per scientist housed reduced by 50%.

Project ROI in less than 18 months.

The Challenge

Monitoring of existing research lab operations in a preferred laboratory location revealed desk utilization <20%, lab prep bench use at 2-4% and average laboratory equipment utilization of 7%.

The Solution

The team identified other scientific groups on the campus that could potentially use the same space and laboratory equipment (with minor modifications) to significantly increase the target laboratory utilization and exit unnecessary local Real Estate.


A few taps and you have every report necessary for your auditor. You no longer have to schedule a time for qualifications and calibrations. You can forget about outdated reports that don’t pass audits. Our continuous monitoring system stores 10,000 data points—with time and date stamps—so you can pull required data at any moment.

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