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[Category : - Security and alarms]
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A method and an apparatus are disclosed for detecting occupancy of a closed space based on Carbon Dioxide gas (CO2) concentration or change of such concentration. In various embodiments, a Base CO2 Concentration (BCC) may be measured to establish CO2 concentration in an empty closed space. An Average CO2 Concentration (ACC) may also be measured for a single average sized person. If at any time the Total CO2 Concentration (TCC) is measured to be higher than the sum of BCC and ACC, then it is determined that the presence of a person in the closed space is detected. In some embodiments, if TCC is measured to be more than BCC plus N times ACC, then it is determined that N people are present in the closed space, where N is an integer. Such determinations may be indicated by generating an alarm or alert.