Nov 14, 2018 in Viewpoint

Collaboration, an essential component for data analysis

The smooth working routine of a smart office doesn’t just magically happen. How do we actually get the data that will be useful to analyse? We can’t just grab numbers from separate systems and display them. The solution is beyond technology. The smart office ideal is a collaboration between technology partners who communicate and work together to make sense of all their data. It requires a smart building ecosystem.

Anne Wernand
by Anne Wernand
Mapiq
We can’t just grab numbers from separate systems and display them. The solution is beyond technology

The smooth working routine of a smart office doesn’t just magically happen. In our first blog of this four-part series, Big data for facility managers, we explored the importance of collecting and visualising data in a single interface. But how do we actually get the data that will be useful to analyse? We can’t just grab numbers from separate systems and display them. The solution is beyond technology. The smart office ideal is a collaboration between technology partners who communicate and work together to make sense of all their data. It requires a smart building ecosystem.

“The ecosystem can be seen as a loose network of suppliers, distributors, outsourcing firms, makers of related products, technology providers and a multitude of other organisations. As an organisation starts seeking partnerships, they open up their business strategies and go beyond organisational borders. This can be challenging, but is essential to create a true smart building. All systems provide data and affect one another in a certain way. If all this data can be collected in one platform, it can be used for thorough data-analysis about the usage of the building. Most importantly it provides one truth.” — White paper Smart Building Ecosystems"

Let’s take a practical look
You’re at the office and have a brilliant idea. So you look for an available room for a quick power-meeting with a colleague, but everything seems to be booked. After about 10 minutes of searching room to room, you slip into an empty one that’s marked as in use. Then, a few minutes into your session (that is sure to change the face of the company), there’s a knock on the door: “Umm… excuse me, but we’ve booked this room”. And the search continues…  This is not what an activity-based workplace is supposed to look like.

So, how could this play out differently? Mapiq receives data from occupancy sensors in a room and the booking system. The sensors allow us to know if a room is in fact occupied when it is booked, and can offer alternatives if it is. If not, you would be able to book the unused room on the Mapiq meeting display. These traditionally separate systems are fully integrated through Mapiq. The end user can see the relevant information on the meeting room display and via the interface on their personal device, making the workday more efficient.

The smart building is an ecosystem of strategic integrations

Mapiq uses collaborative data analysis to help create a productive workday. For example, we could use occupancy sensors by Point Grab and booking by Microsoft Exchange to eliminate no-shows and time-wasters like in the above scenario.

As a facility manager equipped with these integrations, data analysis becomes an extremely powerful tool. Your Mapiq dashboard can show which meeting rooms are popular. It can teach you about how the building’s resources are being used by combining this data with no-show and booking results. Which rooms have the most no-shows? Are we making the most of our space? Are smart lockers usage being maximised based on this data? These are all important questions that are easy to answer through Mapiq and difficult to answer without it.

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At Mapiq, we pride ourselves on partnerships and collaboration with technology partners

A look at our partnership with VECOS

The VECOS smart locker system is connected to the Mapiq Platform. Mapiq shows the location and real-time availability of smart lockers in the interactive 3D map of the office building. Additionally, employees are able to control the smart lockers by opening, closing and releasing them through Mapiq on their personal devices. The integration between VECOS and Mapiq has made it possible to offer a range of solutions to our clients, such as:

  • Real-time locker data is visualised in the Analytics dashboard.
  • Locating smart lockers by using the interactive 3D map of the building.
  • Control digitally through personal devices (no key or lock is needed anymore).

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Mapiq shows the location and real-time availability of smart lockers in the interactive 3D map of the office building

A growing ecosystem

At Mapiq, we pride ourselves on partnerships and collaboration with technology partners. With every new integration, we further develop our smart building ecosystem. Each evolution creates a whole new level of data analysis that completely changes the way we look at and manage the modern office.

As facility manager partnered with Mapiq, not only do you become part of this budding ecosystem but so do your office and employees. And that’s a good place to be. Next up we explore in-depth the role of the platform in analysing and presenting data — stay tuned!

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