Tuesday morning was a good time to be at this week’s IFMA 2016. That’s because attendees at the annual event for facilities managers got to hear how factors like technology, real estate prices, and people’s expectations are affecting the look and functionality of the workplace.
AVI-SPL Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations Dale Bottcher delivered a wealth of advice on how to go about improving the workplace so that it’s more suitable for collaboration: identifying all stakeholders, involving IT from the outset, and defining your goals, which should include:
- Allow mobile workers to participate
- Variety of bookable and non-bookable rooms
- Fast start-up time for meetings
- Onsite participants contribute from their personal devices
“We need to be prepared in the way that we plan space and facilities so that we have the flexibility to adapt,” Dale told attendees. He reminded them that work is a social activity, and that the workplace can be designed to give people a deeper sense of meaning and well being.
In the spirit of Dale’s presentation, I’m sharing with you our guide to the Internet of Things (IoT) for facilities managers. This paper explains IoT, why it has become prominent in discussions around business performance, and the steps you can take to deploy solutions that make it easier to monitor devices in meetings rooms, reserve rooms, and help with space planning.