These times, a building is so much more than a pile of bricks. With the help of modern technological solutions, buildings can communicate with us, learn from us and become smarter. This will put a stop to the inefficient utilisation and occupancy of buildings. Smart sensors grant you insights, which can then be used to make optimally efficient use of the building.
The possibilities of these smart sensors are virtually endless, provided that they are used correctly. In this article, we give you three tips on how to make the most of the data pertaining to your building's occupancy and utilisation.
Many facility and technical managers realise that they “have to do something with data.” However, any money you invest in expensive data-driven solutions is wasted if you do not have a clear strategy in place. It is important to set a clear goal beforehand. What would you like to do with the data? For what purpose will you use the data? What problems will the data help you resolve?
Continuously measuring your building's occupancy and utilisation leads to clear insights. For example, you can easily tell which spaces are over- or understaffed and which meeting rooms have the highest percentage of no-shows. During meetings and discussions concerning your capacity, you can use these data to back up your arguments.
In other words: the data are simply a means to gain insight into how your building is being used. Making more efficient use of a building requires effort on your part and concrete improvement plans. For example, you can make agreements with staff about no-shows. If a meeting room is overstaffed one day and understaffed the next, you can ask colleagues to reschedule their meetings to different days.
A building's users generally have different interests than its facility manager. For example, they simply want a comfortable place where they can do their job. The word “data” can sound a bit intimidating and bring to mind all kinds of questions. What will happen to those data? What about my privacy? That is why it is a good idea to inform your users about how the sensors work and how the technology affects them.
Beyond Eyes helps you make optimal use of the data we collect with the help of sensors. This grants you insight into the occupancy and utilisation of workspaces, meeting rooms, toilets and spaces in your building. The Beyond Eyes presence sensor measures whether there are any people in a given space. This gives you insight into how these spaces are used and lets you know whether your building is being used optimally. Who knows; a few modifications to the layout might allow people to work more efficiently and make smarter use of your building!
Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden recently moved from two offices to a single compact building. That resulted in a challenging housing issue. How can you make sure there are plenty of workspaces and meeting rooms available at all times? How do you keep the building comfortable for all users? Beyond Eyes’ insights help out Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden. We spoke to Paul Rijsdam, the organisation's facility coordinator.
Would you like to know more about the many possibilities of Beyond Eyes and how we can help you make optimal use of the collected data concerning occupancy and utilisation? Feel free to contact us.