Currently there is an interesting debate ongoing from all areas of the construction industry about the future workplace and how it will evolve. For now I believe it is important to focus on the present and how employers can enable staff to return to work safely and help them to feel secure without huge capex expenditure on items that will be discarded in the future.
What is required is a solution that is technology lead with future benefits, that is sustainable, reliable and will enable employers to manage the work environment more effectively.
The use of sensors in offices has grown in popularity in the recent past. Installing sensors to a work place and connecting both the sensors and the building systems to a single digital platform allows estate owners, facility managers and employers to understand and optimise the building environment, maintenance, usage and inevitably the health of those who occupy it. And now it offers clear benefits to employers who want to offer their staff the choice of returning to the workplace safely.
The key benefits to installing a sensor system can be summarised as follows:
To help in the current economic climate, there are options available to minimise costs. An example of this would be to install a minimum number of sensors at entrances and exits to monitor capacity and installation of air quality sensors across the floor which can be battery operated and mobile. A full system could be installed if the benefits are recognised.
At the current time my team and I are working with Metrikus as their software is hardware agnostic enabling any sensor or legacy system to be integrated. But I truly believe that as a simple, sustainable tool, the sensor system is the way forward.