How the Internet of Things Can Change Your Workplace

In a blog for the Alliance to Save Energy, Navigant Research looks at improvements technological innovation can deliver to offices

Physical space and business dynamics of the workplace are changing. More than ever, employees want flexibility, different space configurations, nontraditional hours, and uninterrupted connectivity. While these demands challenge the norms of facilities maintenance, an Internet of Things (IoT) platform approach might be the ticket to a new strategy that pleases both real estate owners and employees.

“The connected workplace, made possible by IoT, is expected to support happier and ultimately more productive employees,” said Casey Talon, principal research analyst at Navigant Research, in a blog for the Alliance to Save Energy. “ … The reality is that IoT enables visibility into how our buildings run to maximize the experience for tenants and bottom line for owners.”

A workplace IoT platform is envisioned as a structure to enable analytics around machine learning and eventually artificial intelligence that reduces cost and improves energy and operational efficiencies while delivering a personalized experience for occupants. Talon says deploying IoT technologies creates a tangible benefit for building owners with direct savings through utility bill reductions and operational efficiencies, as well as harder to quantify enhancements to occupant experience and employee productivity.

“Today business success is contingent on using data, and operating buildings is no different,” Talon added. “ … Commercial real estate faces this reality as the effective use of data, analytics, and IoT becomes a competitive advantage. The use of all these tools can maximize occupancy, amplify tenant satisfaction, and even attract and retain employees.”

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