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    Part 5 of our white paper series, “Illuminated, integrated, and intelligent: Reinventing the workplace,” examines how wearables, sensor networks, and other IoT technologies are helping businesses collect data on every aspect of the workplace. This data can then be used to continuously improve operations, efficiency, and employee comfort.

    "Speak with data, manage by facts"

     

    So claims Masaaki Imai, who introduced the kaizen concept in 1986. Kaizen is the practice of continuous improvement, and when applied to business it covers the entire spectrum of activities. Small incremental changes can drive transformation.

    With the growing ubiquity of real-time, fixed or mobile, and often invisible sensing systems, organizations are able to acquire more data than ever before. Businesses can use this data to gain new insight and make better decisions.
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    Gathering data on every aspect of the workplace helps businesses ensure optimum employee productivity, efficiency, and well-being.


    As wearables such as the Apple Watch become more mainstream, companies are increasingly turning to tracking devices to gather real-time information on how employees and teams work and interact.

    Light under the digital canopy

    Sensor networks are garnering a lot of attention in the technosphere these days, and for good reason. Miniaturization, high throughput, and cheap data storage make it both possible and cost-effective to install sensors throughout public and professional spaces.


    Connected lighting systems have an important role to play as platforms for sensor networks. They can work with IT networks to allow the collection, distribution and storage of large amounts of data on systems operations, the state of the indoor environment and activities of people in illuminated areas.

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    Smart, energy-efficient buildings can play a key role in balancing the electricity grid."

    - Volvo Construction Equipment, host of the Construction Climate Challenge

    Businesses can use monitoring and predictive tools to support facility management, in addition to creating more responsive and productive environments for employees.

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