What do you know about Smart Digital Buildings?


What do you know about Smart Digital Buildings?

In a Smart Digital Building, all present technologies are tailored to the employee or visitor and the activities that take place in the building. The building learns, stimulates and collects data to eventually optimize processes, reduce errors, and improve the user experience. It’s a clear explanation, but what do you already know about Smart Digital Buildings?

In this article, we tell you a little bit more about how smart digital building help facility and real-estate managers achieve certain objectives. Of course there can be many more objectives, but these are the main ones.

1. A health objective

Nowadays it becomes more and more important for employers to pay attention to the health and comfort of employees. It makes sense though, the happier your employees are, the more they will excel at their job. There are multiple ways in how a smart digital building can support managers in this goal. With the COVID-19 pandemic around, sensors can keep an eye on people’s skin temperature and digital signage screens inform people in the workplace of health regulations. Sensors can again be used in specific workspaces, improving the environment by for example turning up the heath when employees arrive at their desk.

2. A facility objective

Just like with the health objective, workplaces this day have to offer a lot more than just a place to do your job. It’s a place where employees often spend most of their time, leaving home early in the morning only to return in the evening. Optimizing facility services can support creating a comfortable environment where employees feel at home. Imagine for instance employees ordering packages online. Since they’re at work all day, they are not home to collect these packages, so they send them to their workplace. An automated system then automatically sends them a message when there package has arrived, telling them where they can pick it up and if they need to sign it off.

3. An efficiency objective

Optimizing a workplace also means optimizing planning and user resources at the workplace. Smart innovations such as booking apps can be used for this objective perfectly. Working from home gained popularity over the years, meaning not every employee needs to have their own workspace. However, when employees do want to work at the office, they book their desk via a booking tool. It’s an efficient way of optimizing the space that you have.

4. An activity objective

Within a smart digital building, it is possible to create an activity- and need-based workspace for your employees. There are certain activities that require an employee to close off and fully focus on whatever it is he or she is doing, but when a team has let’s say a brainstorm about a new product, inspirational surroundings can improve their brainstorm. Different areas in your building are applicable for different situations.

5. A sustainability objective

It’s already shortly mentioned in the health objective, but a smart digital building can contribute greatly to sustainability goals. Since smart digital buildings collect data to transform it into relevant and useful insights, they are able to detect when workspaces or meeting rooms are being used. With that data in mind, floor plans, temperature, and for example lights can be used only when needed. Smart solutions for workspace booking help in optimizing the use of desks and therefor optimizes the workspace.

6. An optimization objective

Optimizing the office space does not only benefit sustainability goals. It’s also cost-efficient, and allows you to calculate the lowest costs possible for square feet/meters. A smart digital building gives you many insights, which allows you to make the most of every aspect of the building.

Why do you want your building to be smarter? All these objectives can of course be combined, but focusing on one of them already makes your surroundings smarter. If you’re curious about what PADS4 can do for your building, contact us!