How the Digital Workspace Connects BIM and the IoT

LONDON -- Much has been written over the last couple of years regarding the Internet of Things. For the uninitiated, the IoT is a term that's been used for a few years to describe how physical machines and devices become connected to the Internet. In many cases, these connected devices can connect to each other. The data that is created by these connected devices fuel higher engagement and intelligence by those who interpret that data: be they humans or other machines.

The latest BIM innovation from the construction industry has meant that organisations are able to leverage the building information to enhance their daily workspaces, with the aim of enhanced efficiency and productivity. The connection also gives expensive data an afterlife, extending its value.

If we connect the two concepts we find we're able to render buildings in 3D and give end users the capability to view their locations from mobile devices via their company's intranet. This is particularly helpful when organisations have thousands of employees, many of whom frequently travel to new office locations.

Invotra are already using BIM data to help their customers in central government detail their facilities. As a consequence, customers are able to integrate buildings, rooms and office data into their intranets.

Employees can see meeting rooms which are occupied or vacant. In the same way that we can see if a person is available online, we can see if a 'room' is available. Our facilities in which we work can be connected like never before.

Heating and cooling systems, mechanical and electrical systems, water supplies and irrigation systems, as well as central alarm systems - they're just examples of things which will all be accessible via a digital workspace.

Employee engagement has been a key driver for the Intranet for some time. The use of BIM and IoT will now take this 'engagement' from employee to organisational. It also gives us the opportunity to create ambient workplaces which are responsive to people's needs in a way which may have been too expensive or difficult before.

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