How can smart buildings support when adapting to the “new normal”?In the face of the global Covid19 pandemic, smart buildings around the world prepare to reopen. What can technology do to support companies and their employees to return to work with confidence? There may be new regulations in place to ensure the safety and well-being of the people. At the same time, some buildings are running on changed capacities and operators need to be supported in daily operations. From social distancing and space optimization to remote operations, we are committed to supporting you with the right smart buildings solutions. We want to collaborate to support our customers as they face unprecedented challenges.
Why do buildings matter?
We spend up to 90 percent of our lives in buildings, and we believe that everything people do in life deserves a perfect place to do it. In a world where our fundamental health, safety and wellbeing expectations have been deeply impacted with the anxiety of a new virus, buildings should offer a haven. Ideally, a perfect place to learn. A perfect place to grow. A perfect place to prosper.
While it’s true that today’s buildings should be efficient, reliable and safe – these characteristics alone don’t enable businesses and empower people the way a true smart building can.
Adaptability is crucial. Smart building interact with the people, systems and external elements around them. They learn from past experiences and real-time inputs. They adapt to the needs of the people and the businesses within them by increasing comfort, efficiency, resiliency and safety. And today there is a new need: to protect people from Covid19. When we use technology to support the people in buildings, we create environments that care.
How smart buildings help support the fight against the coronavirus
Building technology can support companies in taking measures to protect employees, customers and partners. Our COVID-19 recommendations provide information on concrete measures.
Enabling contact tracing, space utilization, without compromising on well-being
Health organizations and companies around the world have turned to contact tracing and social distancing measures to slow down or stop the chain of transmission of the virus.
When integrated with Enlighted IoT sensors, social distancing measures established can also be managed by building operators through insights provided by data on the utilization of rooms or common office spaces. The Comfy workplace app allows building operators and owners to engage with occupants and keep them informed, safe and productive.
It’s all about the answer when you ask your clients, “Are you happy in this place?” If the answer is “Yes,” we can continue to grow.Faisal Abdulla Al Belooshi, Senior Director Facility Management at Dubai Airport Freezone