Sensors Create a Sustainable Digital Office that Enhances Well-being
The proptech industry isn’t just about implementing technology in buildings. It’s a complex set of systems and principles that return the focus of buildings back to their inhabitants and increases their well-being while at the same time reducing costs for building owners and managers.
Spaceti’s all-in-one package comprising wireless devices with sensors, a mobile app, and an analytics dashboard creates an integrated network with a myriad of functions and services that are a win for all stakeholders involved.
Sensors changing the way we work (and park)
The company combines various devices (“Smart Stones”) that measure occupancy and a range of values, including temperature, humidity, CO2, sunlight, and the proportion of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in a particular space. These wireless devices are simply deployed within a facility and connected to a web dashboard and a mobile app. The system collects data on these values over the long term, allowing tenants and building managers to see exactly how the buildings are used and where savings can be found.
For example, the app shows unoccupied desks and meeting areas in the building in real time, thus promoting the use of hot-desking and co-working models. Similarly, it improves utilisation of conference and meeting rooms as bookings can be made on the fly with just a few clicks.
The Spaceti Solution - Video
Real-time booking (and navigation) can also be applied to a building’s parking spaces. App users can view occupancy at a specified point in time and make reservations, removing the need to circle the parking lot in search of a space. Also, tenants can use a web dashboard, analyse the data collected and adopt changes that will use the building in a much more sustainable way. Assessments produced over an extended period can provide the impetus for active asset management, thereby further enhancing the property’s profitability.
But proptech isn’t just about the hard dollars and cents on the bottom line. Today’s innovations are also about improving company culture and the well-being of occupants, creating a healthier and more engaged environment. For example, the Well AP certification is a movement that aims to make buildings work not just for companies and managers, but also for their inhabitants. The idea is to use (alongside other tools) technology to improve how people feel indoors, improving health, peace of mind, and enthusiasm. Spaceti’s solution has been crafted with these principles in mind, helping boost the level of commitment, interest, and employee engagement.
Creating a digital community
Therefore, the Spaceti system leverages its app to help create an engaged digital community within the building. The app can be used to notify the property or facilities manager of small tasks such as installing a new printer cartridge or changing a light bulb, while also serving as a digital key with varying levels of authorisation. Property managers can communicate important news to the building’s users via the newsfeed and also create surveys. From the building owner’s point of view, the Spaceti system represents an additional service they can provide to tenants, thereby helping to boost retention rates, improve services delivery, and make the building an active HR tool to attract top young talent.
This concept of digital office has already been proven and tested by clients such as Cushman & Wakefield, IBM, Skanska, Škoda, Vodafone, and Zalando.
An article by:
Aakash Ravi, CBO at Spaceti