Innovative solutions and new ways to arrange workplaces are in higher demand than ever before, as organizations prepare a safe and return to offices. Health and wellbeing, and the use of real-time data is now getting more attention - in order to ensure and communicate physical and psychological safety to employees. At the same time, the emerging hybrid way of working sets new demands on both spaces and digital tools, and new expectations on FM.
What role do smart workplace solutions play in facilities management? To answer the question, IFMA Innovation award winner 2020, Coor, took to the virtual stage on 21 April, 2021in the fourth installment of Smart Workplace Sessions. In the session, our guest speakers Fredrik Sandqvist (Head of Innovation & Service Development), and Mattias Wahlgren (Group Innovation Manager – Technology) shared concrete examples and experience, on how smart workplace solutions provide a slew of benefits: optimized space utilization, increased productivity and overall wellbeing.
The webinar was hosted by Pontus Kihlman, Head of Business Development, together with Maija Patjas, Head of International Relations, Optimaze, Rapal.
Below please find the video recording of the session. Note that Smart Workplace Sessions is a series with powerful and compact talks with experts of the industry, so be sure to check out upcoming sessions as well as recordings of past sessions.
Smart buildings, smart workplaces and smart services
Industry leaders in facility management have been leading the way in the use of BIM, digital twins and the use of data like senso rdata - for anything between smart building systems, energy optimization and maintenance - to creating an optimized service platform of hospitality, catering, cleaning and much more that make for a great workplace experience. Data-driven and smart facility management has arrived.
The discussion circled around three general themes:
• Smart buildings
• Smart workplaces
• Smart services and employee experience
Taking care of both property and planet is smart
The term ”smart” can in the FM, CRE and PropTech context refer both to new intelligent technologies and various uses of data - as well as to the outcomes and impacts, such as efficient use of resources, or value creating impacts like “working smarter”. One of the biggest impacts the industry has to mitigate, is how to combat climate change. This question is connected to things like efficient energy use and minimizing waste by efficient space use.
“There's two parts to this. Of course there are the new buildings, which are pretty much smart and sustainably designed from the beginning. But then there are also the older existing buildings, which we can bring in new technology into, starting from simply adding sensors to the spaces for monitoring and optimizing heating, cooling and ventilation, that can make buildings more energy efficient. Not to mention optimized for comfort and experience of the users, but also keeping track of wasted and unused space", says Fredrik Sandqvist. "We can also use things like drones with heat cameras to detect leage points to fix, and so on."
People, process and pandemic
A ”smart workplace” is in many ways sustainable – in terms of adaptability, cost efficiency, productivity and getting work done - but also in terms of wellbeing and health of the staff. At the moment, health and safety is perhaps much higher on agendas, than we have seen in recent decades. The current pandemic, is likely to remain with us globally for years to come in one form or another, even after a first and second round of vaccinations.
"I think we could help in many ways to create safe and healthy workplaces." Mattias Wahlgren explains. "Anything from extended cleaning, to securing the indoor climate and removing impurities in the air, to creating the feeling of a safe environment through improving the ambiance of spaces with sounds, music and biophilic design like human-centric lighting that simulates natural light. To make the offices secure, and helping the end users feel safe are the number one on the agenda at the moment.”
Fredrick adds: "Another thing that is accelerating is the new way of hybrid working, where people collaborating are working from different locations. This opens up new needs for new types of spaces, like properly equipped and serviced studios like this, or a bigger number of comfortable and functional video meeting spaces."
Covid-19 and indoor air quality in the next webinar
How do oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, temperature and humidity levels, and impurities in the air correlate with thermal comfort, employee experience, health and performance at work? What Covid-19 and indoor air related answers and questions were raised, in the recently finalized cross-disciplinary research program "Licence to Breathe"?
If you'd like to learn more about indoor air and its effects on health, wellbeing and cognitive functions, tune in to the next webinar, where we speak to Piia Sormunen, Industry professor, and Suvi Nenonen, Docent, Tampere University: Session 5: How Indoor Air Data Can Boost A Smarter Workplace, Wednesday, 26 May, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. (CEST)
Optimaze workplace solutions at a glance
We offer software and data services for professionals to develop, optimize and manage the built environment. We help you optimize your Property for People, Planet, Prosperity and Public good. We provide Smart Solutions. We help organizations increase employee satisfaction while lowering real estate costs and optimizing space use.