Building as a platform: the business case for smart real estate

As smart infrastructure rises up the corporate agenda, Elisa Rönkä of Siemens looks at how the physical workplace can contribute to business growth as a dynamic platform

The physical workplace is traditionally seen by CRE (Corporate Real Estate) teams as a cost-absorbing necessity, but the emergence of smart infrastructure is changing how we perceive buildings. Instead of static structures, smart technologies have turned buildings into dynamic platforms which foster innovation and a better user experience.

Elisa Rönkä of Siemens Smart Infrastructure, a keynote speaker at WORKTECH Munich 19, explains that buildings are pivotal to securing the successful growth of organisations if they are leveraged effectively. The ‘building as a platform’ concept is about connecting different data sources within the building from IoT to environmental data and building technologies. This data is aggregated by machines creating actionable information, which becomes the platform for better decision-making.

As buildings become more technology-enabled, they ironically deliver a more human-centric approach. This platform concept injects the bones of the building with live data, which allows employees to customise their working environments using workplace apps on their phone. Instead of the building as a passive shell for working, once embedded with smart infrastructure it can become a catalyst of communication between employees and FM teams to adapt work settings which suit every user.

Elisa Rönkä is the business development innovation manager for Siemens Smart Infrastructure in the Digital Building Business Unit in Switzerland Read the WORKTECH Munich 19 review here
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