Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric has deployed its Workplace Advisor system across its offices in London, Warrington, and Coventry, in the U.K.
The company said that the system will manage an area of 4,550 square meters across these three offices.
The target space utilization improvement from its deployment is 12% in London, 15% in Coventry, and 15% in Warrington, Schneider Electric said.
The smart workplace system offers Schneider Electric’s building managers a live view of office occupancy, while also allowing them to monitor limits for spaces to control social distancing and set policies.
The EcoStruxure Workplace Advisor system will also help Schneider Electric to inform long-term real estate decisions, optimize the use of space, improve comfort, and enhance productivity, enabling a more flexible and efficient office and homeworking combination.
“EcoStruxure Workplace Advisor will enable our building managers to ensure workplaces are not just safer and healthier but also more energy-efficient and sustainable. We hope to roll out the system more widely across our entire building portfolio,” said Zane Mansha, Senior Building Services Specialist at Schneider Electric. “The additional data which Workplace Advisor provides to decision-makers will help Schneider Electric to improve its building stock, both in terms of comfort for employees, and productivity for the wider company. It will enable us to create optimal office conditions that make our people’s experience more rewarding.”
The system can be installed and commissioned within a few weeks of order placement, with a local, functioning mains power outlet being the only requirement for gateways as the majority of the IoT sensors are battery-powered, Schneider Electric said.
EcoStruxure Workplace Advisor is a standalone system, but it can also accept input from other building controls such as Schneider Electric’s Connected Room Solution.
Real-time information is collected from wireless sensors that monitor occupancy and environmental characteristics. The building information is collated on Schneider Electric’s cloud and then analysed to enable real-time monitoring and data-driven decisions to be made.
In October of 2020, Schneider Electric had launched EcoStruxure Building Operation 3.2, an open integration platform that it says addresses the entire building ecosystem.
In a release, the company said that the next generation of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Building solution is a “scalable and secure architecture that enables users to monitor, manage and control building operations on one central system.”
EcoStruxure Building Operation 3.2 provides an integrated view of all building systems—including HVAC, lighting, fire safety, security and workplace management.