The Intelligent Workspace is Here – Smart Buildings
Each year we see more and more technological advances, and more smart devices and systems are connected throughout workplaces to create a unified and intelligent space. Unfortunately, this means that systems can become complex and challenging to maintain.
This is where intelligent buildings and systems come into play. Creating systems and technologies designed with the physical space in mind allows for innovative, preventative and sustainable building maintenance.
How do Intelligent Buildings Work?
Simply put: an intelligent building is a space that utilises technology to increase efficiency and staff wellbeing. These systems include simplified maintenance, enhanced employee experiences and other smart technologies.
The integration of cloud computing, augmented reality, IoT-connected devices and maintenance systems into a singular platform, automates the day-to-day processes of the building. This allows for a unique workspace, as every intelligent building has different needs for its occupants. The building assists to empower those within it.
What’s Inside an Intelligent Building?
Building maintenance systems (BMS) within an intelligent building can prevent problems from becoming severe. BMS uses cloud tools to monitor the performance of the building and recommend checks in advance. Designing buildings to include maintenance software and hardware can increase productivity and efficiency.
Whether upgrading your systems or designing a new facility, choosing the proper internet connectivity is essential to your design. The ability to access the internet at any moment is critical to a workplace. Having internet access isn’t enough anymore – the design needs to maximise the access, avoid any part of the building blocking signals and have a backup plan in case of an emergency. For this reason, Ethernet is the most reliable system to bring all the systems together.
Energy usage is an important consideration when designing a building. The most common waste that occurs in a workplace is from avoidable mistakes, like lights not being switched off when not in use or an air-con that’s been left on once everyone’s left for the day. Intelligent systems automate the usage of utilities like lights and other building assets.
By automating these climate control systems, a business can reduce expenses and promote sustainability. The efficiency of an intelligent building adds up over time – and dramatically reduces the operating costs.
Lighting, temperature and air quality all impact a person’s well-being and happiness in the workplace. Because of this, there has been a growing demand for automation of these experiences for employees.
Intelligent buildings use IoT devices, cloud connectivity and energy efficiency to create an automated and personal experience for the occupants. These buildings provide tools to enhance employees’ productivity and comfort by automatically tailoring environments in preparation for the movement and arrival of employees.
To design the buildings of the future, we must take a human-centred approach. From the moment people step foot in your space to the moment they leave, the building will be able to monitor how many people are in what room and tailor that room’s environment to their needs. Intelligent buildings are becoming more and more of a necessity as people realise the importance of automation and management within workplaces. At A1 Office, we believe automation and maintenance are essential to all workplaces, and taking care of employee needs is at the centre of this. View our other blogs or sign up for our newsletter for more workplace trends.