When Buildings Interact Seamlessly with Occupants, Everyone Wins

Find out how insights from Beco‘s occupancy sensors can drive practical business transformation.

Building Dashboard: Beco’s Occupancy Report allows users to see a specific building’s occupancy vs. total capacity per day.

The workplace is undergoing profound transformations. Almost everything that was traditionally associated with “work” – desks, hierarchies, water coolers, 9-to-5 hours, and the office itself — is quickly dissolving. The mobile, creative, empowered workforce has a high demand for environments and experiences. In response, many businesses have transitioned to open offices, hot-desks, and on-demand amenities which can be dynamic… or chaotic. In some cases, corporations have reported that over one third of employee time is spent searching for colleagues. At scale, this is crippling inefficiency — and it all comes back to physical space of offices.

Beco has developed a simple spatial analytics solution for buildings. The hardware/software system enables seamless large-scale deployments and is fluent with a suite of real time “office apps” that promote user adoption and engagement. A Beco integration can streamline many dimensions of the workplace: wayfinding, reporting equipment issues, conference room booking, and more. To put it simply, buildings can interact with their occupants, and that data opens incredible value for operations and management. Digital-physical experience creates data that allows employers to craft a high-quality workplace environment, deliver concierge-style amenities, and make important management decisions like real estate allocation, staffing, and collaboration strategy.

In some cases, corporations have reported that over one third of employee time is spent searching for colleagues.

Underneath the business insights and user interactions, Beco’s architecture-scale technology generates a vast amount of data in real time, all the time. The platform runs on a stream of high-resolution spatial information: tens of thousands of data points reveal the pulse of a building, minute by minute, down to the precision of individual rooms and people.

Now, the fundamental question is: what to do with that data? How does an information firehose become useful for quenching your thirst for practically and intelligently responding to the contemporary workforce?

Beco Analytics was created with exactly that goal. Our data science team has focused on developing a proprietary algorithm for stream processing each client’s spatial data. This analysis happens in the cloud, crunching and aggregating individual data points into long-term insights and actionable information. Beco Analytics moves the technology from a “building system” to become “building intelligence”. Clients have a unique window into that building intelligence.

Building and big data analytics are ushering in a new era of workplace design and operations.

What does that really mean? Take, for example, square footage and occupancy. The Beco Dashboard can show how efficiently any given room is used (for example, a meeting room may stand empty for 73 percent of the work day) and how room types relate to each other over time (kitchens are busy during coffee hours and lunch, for example, while phone booths are occupied in the mid-afternoon). Clients have also used Beco insights to manage a workplace transition. An initial in-depth analysis of existing facilities can reveal the best strategies for the design of a new space over the course of a building shift.

These kinds of insights can drive practical business transformation in a number of ways. In some cases, clients implement data-driven insights to better manage existing real estate, whether it’s a single floor plan or an entire building. Clients can discover when and how a kitchen amenity is used for more efficient re-stocking, or they might reconfigure teams into a new space that is better fit for their work patterns. Building data will improve efficiency and quality of life in the workplace. Big (spatial) data analytics are ushering in a new era of workplace design and operations.

You can read more about Beco and our sensors in this previous article.


This post was sponsored by Beco.
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