Atlas 2.0: Heatmaps, Observations, and Reporting

Atlas is a people counting and occupancy platform. It answers the question: how do people use buildings?
July 18, 2023
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Density is a people counting and occupancy platform. Atlas is our core application. It answers the question, how do people actually use a building? Our team has been working on Atlas for nearly a year. A lot of care went into shipping something we believe is a fundamental leap forward in building analytics.

What makes Atlas special is that it encourages discovery and observation — the same behaviors that are second nature when you visit a place in-person.

Here’s a look at what’s new in Atlas 2.0.

What’s New


Heatmaps allows you to replay any hour of any day on demand. It shows you exactly how a space was used.

Where did people go? What assets did they rely on? Where did they linger? Are they gathering as teams or focused on individual work? What spaces are untouched? These are questions you can now answer without ever leaving your laptop; no longer requiring an on-site visit.

Atlas Heatmaps also represent a common language you can use to get on the same page with your colleagues about the activities and needs in your buildings. Global workplace customers use Heatmaps to support their operations team on the ground. Giving them clear and unequivocal information about cleaning, staffing, and spikes in utilization.

Heatmaps is also faster than ever. Load times take seconds (even on the largest of floorplans).


Observations is small but mighty and our favorite new feature. It’s an easy way to create and share context with your team.

For example, if you discover a spike in occupancy, expand Observations and type “Looks like this was our engineering offsite.” Copy and share your Observation link with a colleague and they will be instantly transported to your view.

Because Observations was designed to improve team awareness, you can suggest deeper analysis to colleagues in just a few clicks: “Can we compare our room booking data with our Density data to see how many ghost meetings we had this month?”

It’s a fast, fun, forgiving way to interact with your building. We can’t wait to see what you discover with Observations.


Atlas can query tens of millions of measurements in seconds and present all that information in clear, easy to understand insights you can act on. Looking at desks or workstations? Atlas will show you exactly how many extra desks you have for visiting team members.

Observing the whole floor? Atlas will summarize the number of hours your meeting room inventory went to 0. Look at rooms by capacity, by average occupancy, by peak occupancy, and so on.

And nearly everything in Atlas’ reporting is interactive. Roll over a data point and Atlas will show you exactly where on your floorplan that data came from.


Available to all Density customers using Open Area or floor-level Entry sensors.

Other Improvements

There’s so much in this release we’re excited about (we’ve included other improvements below). It’s an important step toward our vision of bringing observability to buildings.

  • Admin: Edit org user full names and space permissions
  • Admin: Add new users, manage user permissions, and export a user list
  • Admin: Add “Editor” users who can edit space metadata and create observations
  • Admin: Set your units to meters squared instead of square feet
  • Analytics: Native support for floor-level Entry and/or Open Area data
  • Analytics: New floor-level occupancy trends
  • Developer: Generate and manage API keys
  • General: Advanced one-click CSV export (peak and avg) for full building, all spaces, etc
  • General: 26x improvement to CSV export speed
  • General: New users who try to login to Atlas can now “Request Access”
  • Shortcuts: CMD + click to select multiple months or weeks
  • Shortcuts: Navigate heatmaps with keyboard shortcut support for WASD and arrow keys
  • Shortcuts: Select a space and CMD + click to multi-select spaces around it. Especially useful if you’re trying to view a subset of meeting rooms and desks
  • Shortcuts: “n” creates new Observation, “o” opens and closes Observations panel

Atlas 2.0 Overview