Given that work can happen from anywhere, the post Covid workplace is no more about the office alone, but a combination of home, offices and the ether. Workplaces add real value when they support business needs and user aspirations. Analysis of data derived from a variety of exercises during the conceptualization stage, allows an organisation to derive a blueprint for the future. Such analysis ought to enable alignment of business needs with personal aspirations of people. We have been helping organisations take this evidence-based approach for years now. This goes against the quick approach of ‘jumping to a solution, without understanding the problem’, and results in workplaces that work for its users. Workplaces that can flex with time.

Once the workplace is operational, the efficiency will be high if the infrastructure is able to respond on the basis of dynamic occupancy and work styles. Efficiency will be high if an organisation uses and pays for only the used infrastructure. This is possible only when workplaces are IoT enabled, and the infrastructure is able to respond automatically on the basis of occupancy, lighting conditions, temperature, etc. An IoT enabled workplace acts upon real time data to bring about real time flexibility. Doing this helps reduce the carbon footprint and also optimize the real estate portfolio.

Lastly, business environments and business needs often change. Workplaces need to change with the times. Reconfigurations are often required in a running workplace. Such reconfigurations can be evidence based only when there is supporting data. A combination of big data from sensors installed in workplaces, office user apps and data from a variety of exercises like surveys and interviews become credible data sources for analysis. Such analysis allows easy reconfiguration, which is in tune with the changing times.

what is iot? 

The Internet of Things, or “IoT” for short, is really about extending the power of the internet beyond computers and smartphones to a whole range of other things, processes, and environments. Connecting things to the internet results in some amazing benefits. While we have seen these benefits with our smartphones and laptops, what if we were to extend this concept and connect every other thing on the planet to the internet? What if we could connect the lights, furniture and doors in the office to the internet? Imagine the possibilities; that, is what the Internet of Things is all about.

When a thing is connected to the internet, it means that it can receive or send information; or perhaps both. This makes them smart. We are living in a world where billions of objects are sensing, communicating and sharing information, all interconnected over the internet. These interconnected objects are collecting data regularly, analyzing that and that analysis is used to initiate action. This is providing a goldmine of intelligence for planning, management and decision making. Collecting and sending information really means that we are talking about sensors. These could be temperature sensors, motion sensors, moisture sensors, air quality sensors, light sensors, etc.

An IoT enabled workplace senses the presence of users, their work pattern, temperature, lighting, air quality. This information sent to the cloud in real-time, where it is analysed, and action is initiated. Action could be automatic changes in temperature, lighting. When IoT is combined with Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) driven employee apps that allow them to integrate their online collaboration tools, it results in making life easy for users by predicting and suggesting actions. For example, if you have a scheduled meeting, the app can suggest “Hi, do you want me to block Meeting Room 2 for the meeting with Mary at 10 am today?”

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