A recent global market research report defines the smart workplace as technologies, services, and solutions that “connect and engage,” enabling people to work better, faster, and smarter. The smart workplace market is expected to reach $53 billion by 2025, with a 12% compound annual growth rate, according to the report.
The smart workplace focuses on solutions that use sensors, the Internet of Things (IoT), software, and other connected solutions to optimize building management, including:
- Building construction
- Energy management
- Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
- Predictive maintenance
While these are all important elements, today’s smart workplaces go beyond the physical building to improve collaboration and the employee experience in a hybrid environment – known as workplace technology – including:
- Employee engagement apps
- Occupancy sensors
- Meeting room solutions
- Smart lockers
- Smart parking solutions
- Wayfinding and navigation
These technologies can help, for example, reporting on room utilisation and the number of people that are actually in meeting room – so that booking for a 10-person room where only one is actually using it can be avoided in the future. Or where people are using rooms that are not being booked.