The intelligent workplace
Cities have always been centres of economic and technological progress. As digital disruption replaces old business models and processes, smart cities will be at the forefront of driving this change. In turn, businesses will be able to find new ways to generate revenue through the creation of innovative new products and services. They will also be able to derive valuable insights from data generated by an increasingly connected infrastructure.
Smart buildings will form a vital part of smart cities. They’ll include homes, factories and offices where IoT (internet of things) devices enhance how these spaces are utilised. For example, smart lighting or automated window shades could adjust the light intensity in an office while reducing energy consumption. When the sensor detects no one in the room, the lights will automatically turn off.
Likewise, smart thermostats could create an optimal room temperature that keeps employees comfortable and enhances productivity. CCTV cameras and motion sensors could be connected to mobile devices, helping to improve office security. Eventually, we could have ‘smart’ furniture that senses peoples’ preferences and adjusts to them automatically, contributing even more to worker satisfaction and output.
Businesses can make their workspaces smarter by leveraging the latest productivity technologies, such as cloud-based workflow management, AI-assisted decision systems, and activity-based working (ABW). ABW is a cornerstone of the smart office. Accommodating open planning, quiet spaces and hot-desking, it enables more effective collaboration and more efficient use of floor space.