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Siemens to launch IoT-enabled Smart Office Suite at GITEX Technology Week
will launch an IoT-enabled suite of hardware and software technologies
designed to create smarter, more flexible, human-centric working spaces
in the Middle East. Announced as part of the company’s activities at
GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, the suite is a complementary portfolio
of Siemens technologies which enable office buildings to respond
intelligently to user input and environmental data. With real-time
analytics, office spaces can adapt to the needs of employees for
increased productivity and energy efficiency, while reducing costs.
recent study by consulting firm PwC found that positive working space
conditions, plus a healthy work-life balance, are more important than
salary to 75 percent of employees. A meta study by Continental
Automated Buildings Association (CABA) shows that targeted measures to
improve the work environment have been found to reduce illnesses and
absences by up to 20 percent, with some studies suggesting this could
be as high as 60 percent.
The Smart Office
suite empowers firms to develop offices which support productivity and
innovation, while giving employees a voice in deciding how and when
office spaces are used. Sensors and real-time data analytics respond
intelligently by learning from people, picking up behavioral patterns
and personalizing the environment around them.
The suite includes
technologies from Silicon Valley firms Comfy and Enlighted, both
recently acquired by Siemens. Comfy, a workplace experience platform,
is designed for global enterprises seeking to optimize the overall use
of workspaces and amenities, while boosting overall employee engagement
and productivity. Comfy’s occupant-facing app empowers employees to
find, reserve, and adjust the workspaces they need, when they need it,
while Comfy’s workplace analytics platform provides visibility and
transparency into key business metrics, like space utilization. Its
open, vendor-agnostic reporting platform integrates with building
automation systems, IT systems, workplace collaboration systems, and
IoT systems to provide a true end-to-end solution to workplace
Enlighted is an IoT
platform for smart buildings consisting of multi-function sensors,
distributed computing and its own network and software applications.
Smart sensors installed at light fixtures collect data 65 times per
second to measure occupancy, motion, ambient light and temperature.
Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems can then be adjusted
appropriately in real time. The platform is able to locate people and
assets within a building and analyze the occupancy of individual rooms
and entire floors, securely streaming data to the cloud for analysis
and visualization. This allows the system to optimize energy and space
utilization to create better, human-centric working environments.
These platforms complement and integrate with existing technologies in the Siemens Smart Infrastructure portfolio, forming a comprehensive offering for Smart Offices in new and existing buildings. These include Desigo CC, an open building management platform; Desigo Room Automation, a range of building automation systems which integrates HVAC, lighting and shading systems; fire safety and security products and systems, and advisory and performance services.
Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.
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