Now more than ever, the world is relying on innovative technology to keep businesses going. What does this mean for the future of traditional workplaces, buildings, and cities?
  • The global Covid-19 pandemic catalysed a greater consciousness for the safety of our workplaces.
  • With the easing of lockdown and the migration back to physical workspaces, many companies will rethink their day-to-day operations.
  • One trend that has characterised the response to Covid-19 and is set to flourish post-pandemic is the retrofitting of buildings through the use of smart-technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
  • Together with IoT.nxt, we look at what the future of our offices, buildings and cities will look like through enhanced tech.

The global Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted life as we once knew it and has forced us to adopt habits once unimaginable. With a greater consciousness for the general safety of ourselves and others, we can only imagine which of our newly formed habits will continue post Covid-19?  

The largest work-from-home experiment for example established more confidence in cloud-based solutions and the need for more connectivity unlocked the potential of smart devices. Now that eased lockdown restrictions are allowing employees to return to their physical workplaces, the possibilities are endless as to what the future of our offices might look like.  

One trend that has characterised the response to Covid-19 and is set to flourish post-pandemic is the retrofitting of buildings. From voice-operated lifts to AI occupancy monitors, recent advances in smart building technology have unveiled even more potential for evolving traditional workplaces. Kickstarted by the need for Covid-19 compliance and greater safety at work, many of these developments are centred around capturing real-time data of employee footfall and interaction to improve the track and trace of coronavirus cases.

Riaz Kharodia, a Solutions Architect at IoT.nxt, says that some of these transformative technologies are already at work in buildings in South Africa. From an environmental monitoring perspective for example, IoT.nxt has environmental sensors across their building. “What these sensors do is they collect and record data relating to air quality, temperature, humidity and lighting levels,” Kharodia explains. “The data from these sensors allow users to determine exactly which location they would like to go to throughout the building from a comfort perspective.” 

This post was sponsored by IoT.nxt and produced by BrandStudio24.