Digital transformation at the workspace


Digital transformation at the workspace

Digital transformation is a process which began about twenty years ago. At this time, digital technology reached a level of development that enabled positive impact on the organization of work at all levels, to enable greater efficiency and productivity.

Today, digital transformation is not only about implementing digital technologies in all aspects of the business. It also involves substantial changes in the corporate culture to accelerate the change in business and value generation processes.

The smart building and digital transformation

Digital transformation requires significant changes. Today, those are taking place, with agile datacenters, the abandonment of legacy solutions, and the move to rationalize costs and make the shift to data-driven approaches. These changes support facility managers in making objective decisions, based on experiences in the company and from the perspective of, but not limited to, work.

Digital Transformation Smart Building

Workplaces are changing. Today, smart digital buildings are rising in popularity. The COVID19 pandemic has helped to accelerate this trend. For most, the opportune time to transform workspaces is now. Organizations of all sizes, from the largest and most structured to small and medium organizations will join in. As they do, the following features will be necessary:

  • Smart buildings must optimize workdays and work processes by allowing employees to book suitable workspaces, to see information in real-time, and to request and access building data on-demand through digital signage
  • Facility managers must be able to see building data like air quality, water consumption, and electricity in real-time, enabling adjustments to usage, machinery, and equipment to drive sustainability
  • Smart buildings have to handle big data, as generated by IoT sensors, to enable real-time management of lighting, heat, and wayfinding across the full building
New changes: flexible office & work from home

Over the course of the global pandemic, we’ve seen numerous changes to how people use buildings. Occupancy rates are one of the most significant of these changes. More and more people have started working from home. And, with a survey by Gartner showing that 47% of organizations intend to allow employees to work remotely full time.  For 43% flexible days are the new norm These changes are likely to be permanent. Office layouts must adapt to meet how employees actually use those spaces to ensure sustainability and work comfort remain a priority.

These numbers show that the office must offer more than “just” a workplace. It must adapt to new needs in order to provide a comfortable and productive environment. Smart buildings, when equipped with an intelligent platform enables this. Those platforms not only help facility managers to promote health and comfort in the workplace, but also allow you to improve the quality of the facility, to optimize the use of available space, and reduce water and energy consumption.

The PADS4 four interoperability modules

The PADS4 platform can meet the needs of the digital transformation, while supporting daily work and tasks for facility managers. The platform features four modules, which we will go into detail on below.

PADS4 Digital Signage: Everyone understands that digital signage is effective. However, achieving that efficacy requires being able to transform content into creative, dynamic, and easily understandable elements. The PADS4 Digital Signage module includes an advanced “designer template” with functionality to make the most of content, in whatever format. With tools to manage real-time updates, situation-based communication, and rule-based information, it delivers everything you need to keep employees, collaborators, and guests up to date.

The module also offers endless creative possibilities with remote management and supervision.

PADS4 Workspace: The PADS4 Workspace module optimizes available workspaces in the office with smart management of desks, equipment, meeting rooms, shared areas, etc. With the possibility of booking and scheduling any space, employees and guests get more control over when and how they work. The goal is to improve the user experience in the work environment, which increases productivity for employees and visitors.

PADS4 Workspace can integrate into 100% of the workspace. The user-interface is also easy to understand and to utilize across the full platform, with integrated digital signage, mobile access, and desk screens available.

PADS4 Wayfinding: Digital Signage is a necessary tool to efficiently guide visitors and employees to destinations in large workplaces such as multi-story or multi-building offices. With PADS4 Wayfinding, you can create interactive maps for digital signage and dynamic kiosks. Integrating real-time information like escalator and elevator status, traffic, and emergency notifications means maps are always up-to-date and can offer the most efficient route – to guarantee effective and reliable guidance.

Plus, with full integration into reception, PADS4 Wayfinding can reduce workloads for staff, delivering better control over wayfinding across your organization.

PADS4 IOT: The Internet of Things is changing how we work and interact with the world around us. With nearly any object capable of taking on an active role in the Internet thanks to connectivity, IOT presents unlimited possibilities. The PADS4 IOT Module manages those smart devices, with full capacity for occupancy sensors, cameras, LED indicators, air quality sensors, and much more.

PADS4 Smart Digital Building Platform

Combining the four modules creates the PADS4 Smart Digital Building Platform.  This platform is a centralized management platform for smart buildings, developed for a data-driven approach. This allows managers to efficiently use spaces and reduce workloads using smart wayfinding, infotainment, and room and desk management.

This gives facility managers access to data from sensors, reports, and the ability to assess space and room management, and even traffic. Integrating IoT gives you an easy, real-time overview of everything happening in the building – putting facility managers in complete control.

Would you like to know more about PADS4 as a Platform for Smart Digital Buildings? Or are you curious how you can use PADS4? Contact us, we look forward to hearing from you!

Credits: This blog is based on an article written by our partner 3G Electronics and was published in Sistemi Integrati Magazine.