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Smart Buildings for Smart Workers: improving the efficiency of workers and buildings

The days of desk-filled offices with employees answering the phone, checking their screens and patiently waiting for a coffee break are long gone. These traditional models are being replaced by other more agile and dynamic models that foster collaboration and knowledge sharing.

This new work method has changed the way in which office spaces are designed, organised and distributed. And it has led to more companies choosing smart buildings to bring the workforce together. Offices in which technology is available for users to improve their experience and optimise productivity.

Improved buildings thanks to their own data

A vast number of processes are automated and controlled in smart buildings: lighting systems, heating, communications or multimedia systems, to name but a few. Behind these systems are the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and intelligent Building Management Systems (iBMS).

Objects connected to the internet (from light bulbs to coffee machines, to office chairs that analyse posture) facilitate work and improve the quality of the employee experience. They also enable activity data to be collected and data on how the workplace functions. Once analysed, this information enables companies to further optimise the work environment.

“By providing employees with the right environment, tools and facilities to work more productively, a company’s work environment can become a catalyst for innovation and growth”, according to Owen King, Senior Consultant at Unwork in the report ‘Smart Working: Smart Buildings and the Future of Work’.

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