Cutting costs of expensive office real estate is never far from the minds of most facilities managers – as well as those of their CFOs. The ongoing challenge of configuring office workspace, both correctly for effective employee collaboration and concisely to maximize use while minimizing space requirements is often overwhelming. However, like so many parts of our lives, applying innovative technology can make the job much easier.
Bring valuable data to your decision-making
Whether your firm is looking at the allocation of desk, office, meeting or other work areas for an entire building, a certain floor or a particular department or group – state-of-the-art occupancy sensors can be the cost-effective solution for delivering the usage data you need.
What makes occupancy sensors important?
Some firms have been able to rework their workspace and experience real estate savings of up to 50 percent by doing just that; that can mean much more money on your bottom line.
Generating the data you need is almost effortless with the simplicity of using occupancy sensors because:
- Cloud-based occupancy sensors operate outside of your existing systems, so there are no requirements of, or impact on, your IT organization.
- Occupancy sensors are autonomous – meaning they precisely record space usage, but provide no information on which individuals or groups are using it.
- Data is captured every 15 seconds and stored in the cloud, so you can access updates at anytime from anywhere that you want the latest information.
- Occupancy sensors can be set up on either a rental or purchase basis – rent to conduct a short-term study of current usage patterns or may be purchased for ongoing use through an online portal with access to different reports and dashboards, plus the ability to create custom reports to track trends and see comparisons over time.
How do occupancy sensors work?
Firms using these sensors simply install them under the desks, in meeting rooms, or other workspace that they want to monitor. They start gathering the cost and space-saving information their companies need to know including which:
- Space is under utilized
- Space is in high demand
- Power change will make operations more efficient
The typical office utilization rate is just 39 percent
Occupancy sensors are providing today’s smart real estate managers with accurate, instant insights into what desks, offices, video conferencing suites, meeting rooms and collaborative breakout areas are not being utilized enough and those that are over utilized. It’s time to help ensure that the expensive space you have is working as hard as you are. Firms looking for real estate savings should look first at a sensible occupancy sensor solution.