19 November 2018

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UK turns to smart technology

Cities across the UK are increasingly looking at how smart technology can shape policy decisions. For example, traffic light sensors can collect data, which can then be analysed to determine traffic hotspots, or notify drivers of hold-ups, or the findings used to plan better transport systems

UK turns to smart technology

While, in Cardiff, sensors cover some of the city’s parking spaces and information is then fed into an app which directs drivers to free bays. In future, systems like this could help businesses optimise parking space use.

Similar possibilities present themselves in the workplace. Better building management –ensuring building operations run as efficiently as possible and increasingly, adapting the office experience to suit employees will be key.

Imagine office space that uses data to improve the lives of its workers by offering an app that allows them to find the nearest empty meeting room, or one that can adjust the temperature or lighting requirements of a space, according to individual workers.

Investors and landlords often ask why they should invest in these technologies, when the tangible benefits appear to be focused on employees. Yet by creating spaces where workers want to be, they can differentiate their product and future proof their investment.

Managers are increasingly realising they get the most from employees who feel inspired and supported by their surroundings.

Tom Carroll, head of corporate research, EMEA, JLLstors and occupiers.