RedstoneConnect sits at the infrastructure and platform/applications convergence point. Sue Weekes finds out the main challenges to smarter buildings
The biggest challenge is that in construction, there’s still a build-first, apply-tech-later attitude, with uptake of smart property tech remaining slow.
As work changes, so must the buildings that accommodate it. Progressive developers and landlords realise that in order to stay competitive, they need to address the fundamental issues surrounding the workforce’s interaction with the space; they see technology as the key enabler to this.
This perspective is fuelled by overwhelming research evidence that shows smart buildings provide a more efficient space, to support a more motivated, flexible workforce. But not everyone sees it the same way.
Enlightened business leaders, however, are seeking out new smart working visions to the way their real estates are designed, managed and utilised by tenants. The challenge is to then better present the case for a smart building approach, because when we succeed in this, we achieve results that positively impact everyone involved.
There are many disciplines that we engage with on a smart building project, whether it’s a new build or consolidating an existing real estate portfolio, and most companies have gaps in their organisational structure — a multi-disciplined individual is a rare beast — but our clients’ organisation structure rarely hinders the project. Our role, along with practical tech implementation, is largely consultative, so it’s our job to fill and communicate through those gaps to achieve company-wide agreement and understanding. The roadmap to smarter buildings – Smart Cities World