- Vodafone’s London headquarters is piloting a new multi-sensor network to improve office space utilisation and the employee experience
- Unique data visualisation software shows occupancy rates and aggregates building management information
- Sensors are connected directly to the cloud using Vodafone IoT technology
- Project was recently recognised for excellence in Property Productivity category at EG Tech Awards, highlighting possibilities for both energy efficiency and digital productivity in next-generation office buildings
LONDON – September 26, 2018 – Vodafone has been recognised as an innovator embracing the future of real estate at the recent EG Tech Awards in London. Working with Current by GE (NYSE:GE), Vodafone deployed a new multi-sensor network in part of its London headquarters that received top honors in the Property Productivity category.
Innovative visualisation software transforms raw data into actionable information designed to help Vodafone’s London office workers to speed up common tasks in the pilot area, like finding available conference rooms, break-out space, VC pods and desks. The project was recognized for its unique ability to aggregate data from both environmental and occupancy sensors, to improve the building’s energy efficiency while also helping to maximise space utilisation and boost employee productivity. The Smart Space team at BuroHappold, experts in human behaviour analytics, people movement and real time data visualisation, worked with Vodafone and Current to achieve these outcomes.
The EG Tech Awards were created to celebrate digital transformations at the forefront of real estate technology that address a defined market problem. Twelve award winners were honored for their impact on real estate in the U.K. and beyond.
“This award is fantastic recognition of the way Vodafone is building on its world leading IoT position in new and exciting ways that has the potential to transform workplaces, ways of working, employee well-being and productivity. For the property industry professionals on the panel to be able to look beyond their own sector to us as digital disruptors rightly acknowledges our rapidly changing world, the opportunities interconnectivity and new technology present us with and truly validates the work we’ve been doing with Current by GE,” said Vodafone's Group Property Strategy Manager Richard Muraszko.
Vodafone is now evaluating opportunities to add additional digital capabilities to its flagship London location, including Current’s Daintree wireless controls. Current’s open platform supports collaboration with app developers, including partners like BuroHappold, iOffice, and 720o, who can help Vodafone perform additional tasks like:
- Measuring CO2 and humidity, and adjusting HVAC accordingly to improve comfort, well-being and productivity
- Monitoring noise levels, so an employee can find appropriate areas to work
- Identifying facilities operations and maintenance management needs
“The commercial real estate industry understands the significant energy efficiency benefits gained through LED retrofits, but Vodafone is showing that energy is only the beginning of the intelligent environment value story,” said Julian Chatwin, European Director of Enterprise Software for Current by GE. “Digital productivity will be a game changer as more companies look to create the workplace of the future.”
“Our collaboration with Current by GE and Vodafone is enabling deep insights into how people use and interact with buildings. This puts people right at the heart of decision making, saving costs and improving health, wellbeing and productivity,” said Shrikant Sharma, Group Director and Head of Smart Space at BuroHappold.
Vodafone has spent the last few years establishing itself as a thought leader in the science behind office productivity; in 2017, it commissioned The Power of Productivity report with the London School of Economics. Drawing on interviews with 20,000 business leaders across 35 countries, the report found business productivity could be improved by up to 20 percent through a combination of technology adoption and management best practices.
“We are at an exciting moment in the development of digital office technology,” said Chatwin. “Companies like Vodafone are on the forefront of exploring how our physical environments can help us be more effective at work.”
About Vodafone Group
Vodafone Group is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone Group has mobile operations in 25 countries, partners with mobile networks in 46 more, and fixed broadband operations in 18 markets. As of 30 June 2018, Vodafone Group had 534.5 million mobile customers and 19.9 million fixed broadband customers, including India and all of the customers in Vodafone’s joint ventures and associates. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com.
About Current, powered by GE
Current is the digital engine for intelligent environments. A first-of-its-kind startup within the walls of GE (NYSE: GE), Current blends advanced LED technology with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings, retail stores, industrial facilities and cities more energy efficient & productive. Backed by a broad ecosystem of technology partners, Current is helping businesses and cities unlock hidden value and realize the potential of their environments. www.currentbyge.com
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