Connected lighting to ease workspace allocation

June 26, 2019 //By Julien Happich
Connected lighting
Pharmaceutical company Roche has transformed an area in one of its German offices into a smart workplace by implementing the Interact Office Space management application from lighting specialist Signify.

The pilot office space at Roche in Grenzach-Wyhlen was equipped with Philips LED connected lighting and IoT sensors, using Signify’s Interact Office software and insights to increase building efficiency and optimize space.

Recent studies indicate that 25-50% of office desks in buildings are vacant on any given day. Interact Offices’ Space management helps to understand occupancy rates across buildings, floors, meeting rooms or even at desk-level by counting people and analyzing the number of workers in a given space. Through accurate reporting on historic and real-time space usage, Corporate Real Estate professionals can assess and optimize space requirements and workplace designs easily.

Roche chose to implement Signify’s Space management application to get a better understanding of their building. “Understanding how our buildings are being used is key for Roche today and in the future,”said Tobias Bächtold, Digital Real Estate manager for Roche. The data collected via IoT sensors and the lighting system using Interact Office software, gives us tremendous insights and best granularity in terms of occupancy, desk level accuracy and people counting in meeting rooms.”

Research has shown that up to 70% of workers waste up to 15 minutes per day looking for a meeting room and 24% waste up to half an hour a day. The Interact Workspace mobile app eases up the tasks of personalized lighting, way-finding and booking free meeting rooms and workspaces. This mobile app enables employees to view which desks or meeting rooms are available and book the available room on the spot improving employee experience, engagement and productivity.

In addition to the mobile app, a public kiosk can also be used to assist employees and visitors with indoor navigation. Typically located at the entrance to the office building and next to elevators, the kiosk offers a user-friendly way for people to find their desired location.

“Our customers can use their lighting infrastructure and real-time occupancy data to guide employees wherever they need to


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