IoT sensor technology integrations are valuable addition to the SmartSpace Global (SSG) workplace management platform. By combining sensor technology with powerful analytic tools within the SSG platform, your facilities team can understand how space is used, then use that data to optimize your real estate by reconfiguring overcrowded spaces or repurposing spaces that are being underutilized. This data can also provide insight as to where social distancing guidelines aren’t being properly followed in your office or where more frequent sanitation may be required. But sensors are more than just a measurement tool. They can also automate certain aspects of your office experience like lighting, heating, and sanitation schedules, plus make desks and rooms available or unavailable for reservation based on when those spaces have been cleaned, and whether they are currently in use.
One of the biggest concerns regarding the use of sensor technology in the office is data security and the protection of personal information. The goal of introducing sensor technology in the workplace is to collect data that informs your space utilization strategy. Depending on the sensors used, there is minimal, if any, threat to personal privacy. Most sensors cannot identify specific employees because they rely on environmental changes to detect the presence of individuals. While some sensors do collect minimal privacy data such as MAC addresses of mobile devices, any personal data is anonymized prior to information being disseminating to third party or proprietary systems. Additionally, as sensors have become more common, many regulations have been put in place to protect individuals and prevent the collection of personal data without consent.
Smart sensor technology not only helps you safely welcome back your employees, but also gives you a competitive advantage by generating long-term business efficiencies and driving collaboration in the workplace.
Integrating IoT sensors into your office environment helps bridge the gap between reservation data and actual space usage, delivering valuable insight about how your employees are using space and where real estate optimization can deliver reduced costs. Combined, these benefits can help your business make data-driven decisions to reduce risk, save money, and meet safety and compliance regulations. Additionally, by integrating with SSG services such as ‘Find my Nearest’, sensors can detect when a desk is vacant and help direct team members towards the closest available desk, increasing productivity and making it easier for your dynamic teams to efficiently work together.
By reducing real estate costs and energy consumption, plus giving you the ability to continually optimize your space over time, sensor technology generates significant efficiencies throughout the workplace, helps you save money across the organization, and improves the employee experience. Just a few things you can do with IoT sensor technology:
Whether you’re operating a large-scale enterprise with multiple offices across the world or a smaller business at a single location, sensor technology can help transform your space, optimize your real estate, and improve workplace efficiencies. However, there are a range of different types of sensors that are each suited for different spaces, and it’s important to select the sensor that meets the needs of your space.
Type of sensors that can be integrated into the SSG platform include Software Sensors, Embedded Analytics (EA) Sensors, Passive InfraRed (PIR) Sensors, Bluetooth Beacons and Environmental Sensors.
There are many ways you can benefit from implementing sensor technology in the office and a lot of things to consider when deciding which sensors to use and where to use them. If you’re interested in learning more about workplace sensor technology or how the SSG platform can help safely reopen your office, contact us and let us know how we can help