What are Smart Buildings?
If you use your imagination, a smart building has many offerings. Imagine an automatic coffee machine and a silent space to complete complex report. Are smart buildings becoming a reality?
Today the inside of your office is changing, with modernisation and technological advancements businesses are now able to monitor work spaces, conversation levels and develop valuable data sets to help increase productivity.
Smart buildings deliver useful services in order to make its occupants more productive, without the high environmental impact.
You don’t need to work in a cloud touching skyscraper, you can incorporate any number of smart elements into your existing building. You’ll still reap the benefits of low energy costs, a comfortable work environment and a more relaxed local surrounding.
But what do Smart buildings actually measure?
- Personalised to you: Smart buildings are personalised and they use technology to create a positive environment. But is it actually a comfortable environment?
- More effective: Smart buildings use different tracking systems in order to monitor building performance. This allows users to work more efficiently. However, it’s unclear how ethical tracking each workspace can be.
For instance, the Daily Telegraph began placing workplace tracking devices across their office to monitor how active their computers were. However, this was shut down due to a tribunal issue relating to journalists working rights.
This opens up the debate to think about how all this advancing technology in the workplace actually benefits the employee. Does it just give employers the ability to track their workforce? Employees being aware of tracking devices underneath their work space has the potential to cause paranoia, disrupting productivity.
In the long run smart buildings will probably end up saving companies time, energy and money. However, despite making employees psychically more comfortable it’s possible that smart buildings could add full to the fire of privacy and data protection.
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