New workplace sensing technology comes to South Africa

New workplace sensing technology has launched in South Africa that will allow businesses to accurately assess just how much of their workplaces they actually use.

Sensor works by placing small sensors around the office which analyses peoples’ movement. It has no impact on existing IT infrastructure because it is a cloud based technology.

Linda Trim, director at Giant Leap, workplace specialists that brought the new technology from Europe to South Africa, said that most companies have little or no idea about how their office space is used by their employees.

“For example typical office utilisation is only 39% which means businesses are paying way too much for real estate space they just don’t need. In our experience business think workplaces are used 60% to 70% of the time but it is often way less.

On a day-by-day and hour-by-hour basis, the sensors gather data on office use.

By identifying both increases and decreases in office space utilisation, it delivers valuable intelligence to help determine if a workplace is meeting demand – both now and in the future.

“It is important to note that the sensors cannot pick up sound nor are they designed to spy on people. They are purely used to make the most of office space,” said Trim.

Sensor can measure any type of workspaces, including dining areas and can give feedback in real time.

Read: These are the 5 things South Africans want most in their office

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