Modern office spaces can resemble an entertainment precinct or shopping mall.
Moving beyond simple open floor plan cubicles and designated reception and refreshment areas, the logistics in actually managing the physical spaces in the office environment has become increasingly challenging.
The more forward thinking companies now offer a host of perks to attract and retain their employees.
Employees want network connected facilities to enhance productivity.
Video conference rooms and even recording rooms for podcasts and webinars are becoming common.
Workers now desire restaurant quality food and beverage on-site.
They want access to common and social areas and pleasant green spaces outdoors to recharge.
Employers also need to encourage modern notions of health and wellbeing.
Bicycle storage areas, access to showers and locker rooms, on site health and massage services, wellness rooms, gyms and fitness classes… the list goes on.
Libraries, pet friendly areas, basketball and volleyball courts, recreation areas for video games, table tennis and billiards…
Some workplaces offer more fun on hand than some suburbs!
With all these designated areas for specific purposes, building management is changing too.
With such high levels of investment in employee satisfaction, technology is key to its efficacy.
It is one thing to have all these activities and facilities on-site; it is another thing entirely to monitor usage and ensure accessibility.
While smart office buildings are becoming increasingly common place they are often limited to tasks of isolated automation.
Beyond keyless entry and remote access control, smart concepts such as temperature control, automated lighting are increasing in demand.
All these are great initiatives but they are not inherently smart, per se.
They are capable only of logging rudimentary data that offers limited value for immediate adjustment – and for future improvement.
And because they are not inherently smart any Artificial Intelligence, so integral to all leading technologies in the modern world, is largely underutilised – if at all – to guide key decision makers and improve productivity and useability.
And therein lies the problem to taking smart office buildings to a new level, where managers can really drill down to learn of how people interact with the building and its facilities over time.
The challenge into the future is moving beyond individual devices to develop a fully integrated management platform.
Connectivity is key.
IoT (or Internet of Things) is the new buzzword.
In today’s modern digitally connected world, just about everything can be connected to another device or the internet, including many aspects of office life.
Like automated systems and smart devices, the Foresense platform has evolved due to technological convergence, where multiple technologies have come to merge into singular entities, a new-age sum of their many parts.
At its core, the Foresense platform utilises proprietary AI to identify areas for improvement and guide commercially based decisions to increase operational KPIs and efficiencies with highly detailed, quantifiable data.
Foresense simplifies the collection of presence data and the analysis of action – and interaction – on- site in real world settings to provide real-time AI analytics of traffic inside and around any physical location with applications across government, commerce and industry for smarter, safer physical spaces.