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Solving the prod with Smart Build


By Mark Braund, CEO of RedstoneConnect


As UK productivity levels continue to lag behind the rest of Europe and the world, facilities managers, property owners and tenant businesses alike have begun to look at how to better utilise space as a way to help solve this issue. Innovations are now available to help improve both facility efficiency and effectiveness, as well as supporting organisations’ key mission to improve productivity through enabling staff to become truly connected employees. The role of facilities manager has evolved


over the years, and now encompasses a wide range of environments and their underlying technological infrastructures. However, the basis of the role remains the same – to antici- pate and support organisations’ requirements. In today’s business e nv i ronme n t this means pro-


viding a workspace that enhances produc- tivity. Recent research has found that over


half (59%) of UK employees believe the technology in their office significantly hinders their productivity at work. To combat this, we need to harness Smart technology across all company environments to create a meaningful, two-way relationship between employees and their workspaces.


Putting the Smart in buildings


A building truly becomes Smart when a connected environment that brings people and information together in a meaningful way is created. At a technical level, Smart Buildings can automatically control internal operations such as heating, lighting, security, and ventilation among other things. However, the real benefits come from the insight that can be harnessed through the data collected by sensors embedded throughout the building’s systems. Using machine learning, this behavioural data can be analysed in near real-time to provide the tools and insight needed to enhance the space both for those who use and manage it. For facilities managers, Smart Buildings


provide data that enables a greater understanding of how the facility is being used. This insight means they can modify the environment to suit the evolving needs of users and ultimately increase the


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productivity of both the building’s users and of the building itself. Through harnessing Smart technology,


UBM, the international media and events company, gained tangible insights into how their building was being used. This allowed them to both increase their space efficiency and decrease their energy wastage. Through having greater insight into the


building, they have rationalised seven floors of expensive London real estate into six, which generated a material reduction in operating costs, not including the inherent employee- related benefits of a more productive and agile working environment. They constantly aim to improve, having established a desk


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