Smart Building Trends 2017

2017. Mapiq is positioned right in the middle of the smart building playing field. What are going to be the trends in the smart building world? And how can you distinguish a well-thought-of operational smart building platform from a mediocre one? These are the most important trends and focus-points according to the Mapiq team. 

All about the people 

No matter what the benefits and challenges are, the future of smart buildings is all about the people inside. The important metric companies use to measure space—cost per square foot—is focused on efficiency. The sensors, activity trackers and smartphones that are eagerly enforced on employees to reveal their habits and behaviour, might be just as well used to benefit the workforce. 

We believe that in 2017 it will not be the building, but rather the people who will play a central role in the smart building story. Smart software is going to evolve around the connection between people and buildings. Data shows face-to-face interactions as by far the most important activity in an office. Employees belonging to a small, tight-knit group of co-workers who spoke frequently with one another were not only happier in their jobs, they also got more work done, shared ideas faster and divided tasks more efficiently. The best smart building solutions know how to support face-to-face interaction and ad hoc encounters between colleagues at the office.  

It will not be the building, but rather the people who will play a central role in the smart building story

Creating an eco-system 

The way we work is changing. The era of command and control is over and organizations are searching for a new way of organizing. The workplace transforms; the organization is organically built around collaboration. This new mode of organization — a “network of teams” with a high degree of empowerment, strong communication, and rapid information flow — is gaining in popularity all around the world. 

Rather than creating a collection of individual, single purpose apps, we must start thinking in terms of an ecosystem that takes real advantage of this new paradigm. Right now, the smart buildings market hurts from a fragmented ecosystem. In 2017,this is going to change. Companies who set up a reliable ecosystem of specialist who work together to create the best over-all solution will become the frontrunners in the smart building technology. The results of these projects are always the outcome of a well-functioning team and therefore cannot be claimed by one party.  

Workplace-as-a-service

Today, an organization often rents a space and subsequently provides the employees with facilities they need to have an effective day. However, companies are no longer interested in solely renting a building, but are looking for a workplace with services. Organizations want the complete employee enablement solution that includes all the core elements employees need to be productive. 

Due to this trend, we expect a lot of interest from building owners in our smart building platform in 2017. Workplace-as-a-service is going to be part of a package that an office building offers. This makes the process of moving in, moving out, expanding or reducing your office more dynamic and accessible for tenants. We expect that this is going to be the pillar of the flexible building movement

Workplace-as-a-service is going to be part of a package that an office building offers

Sharing Data

Nowadays, requiring an employee to ask a secretary for a room reservation seems ridiculous. However, people tend to forget the implicit knowledge a secretary uses to provide the best service when scheduling your booking. Making sure your room isn’t right next to some noisy event, asking you if you require catering services when you’re scheduling around lunch time, making sure there’s enough time between reservations to clean the room. Simple stuff, but it often requires information scattered around different apps and systems. To be able to make informed and sensible decisions, they’ll need easy access to live data and information on their surroundings. 

In 2017 organisations are going to realize that the rich information generated is most valuable when it is shared. This is what makes the difference between allowing people to make decisions, and empowering them to make the right decisions and provide them with the best support. 

In 2017 organisations are going to realize that the rich information generated is most valuable when it is shared
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