Smart workplace solutions – can they deliver the offices that employees have been waiting for?

Laura Remes*, Kenneth Dooley, Jaakko Ketomäki, Heikki Ihasalo

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Abstract

Purpose
User-centred intelligent buildings (IBs) should respond to users’ needs holistically and the demand for end user applications is steadily growing. The purpose of this study is to answer: What are end user applications, what should they be called, and what are their key features?

Design/methodology/approach
This is a mixed-method study. The authors have used different data sources, such as online research and interviews. In data processing, the authors have used word counting and Latent Dirichlet Allocation topic modeling.

Findings
These end user applications can provide the missing user-centered elements of IBs. The authors have found that “smart workplace solution” (SWS) is the best term to describe these applications, and they also describe the key features, which include booking, showing free spaces, occupancy tracking, wayfinding and searching.

Research limitations/implications
As the end user applications are constantly and rapidly evolving, the latest evolving of such applications might not be covered. Furthermore, the authors have relied on companies’ information as given.

Originality/value
IBs have emerged over 20 years ago, and these are the first solutions that can be considered truly user-centered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-53
Number of pages14
JournalFacilities
Volume40
Issue number15-16
Early online date13 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Sep 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Office Buildings
  • Smart workplace solutions
  • Smart office
  • Intelligent buildings
  • Smart buildings

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