Smarten Spaces, a global workplace technology brand helping businesses create future-ready spaces, today launched its Future of Workplace Living Lab in Singapore to showcase practical and modern workplace technologies.
A first-of-its-kind, the Living Lab will evolve over time as workplace solutions providers within the ecosystem come together to collaborate and innovate.
It will also serve as a space to illustrate how experiential Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help businesses create a future-ready digital workspace for the post-pandemic world.
The nexus of technology, workplace and workforce is crucial in shaping the future of work, but the playbook for hybrid working remains to be written. For the first time ever, business leaders across functions are working together to define what the hybrid workplace will look like, how technology will impact organizational culture and empower the new way of work, and ultimately drive greater ROI and productivity. We are thrilled to open the doors to our Future of Workplace Living Lab, which will serve as a hub of innovation and collaboration that allows us to testbed new workspace technologies together with our partners.Dinesh Malkani, Founder and CEO of Smarten Spaces
Experiential AI for both employees and businesses
Powered by Jumpree 3.0, a fully integrated end-to-end software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution developed by Smarten Spaces for workplace safety and space management, the Living Lab will allow visitors to trial different workplace solutions.
They will have the opportunity to experience a ‘day-in-the-life’ of an employee in a future workspace.
This includes integrated, real-time technology-enabled processes such as check-in processes, seat and room booking, temperature control, employee finder etc.
The Living Lab will continue to evolve and be updated with the latest technologies from existing and new partners, with plans to integrate emerging technologies such as occupancy and air quality sensors, robotics, as businesses adapt to the changing needs of their agile, digital and engaged workforce.
Smarten Spaces is also planning to expand the lab to other markets such as Bengaluru, India and New York, USA.
Businesses and facilities managers will be able to test and experience the backend dashboards and technologies available for optimising workspaces, helping them make the right, informed choice for their organisation.
We are excited to see Smarten Spaces leading innovation in the area of workplace technologies. With the launch of the Future of Workplace Living Lab, businesses will be in a better position to define how technology will transform the way we work in the post-COVID world.Edwin Low, Director of Innovation & Tech Ecosystem, Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore.
Evolving together with business needs
According to Gartner research, 48 percent of employees will keep working remotely at least some of the time after COVID-19, and nearly one in five will work remotely all the time.
From the organisational perspective, three-quarters of employers plan to shift to more remote work post-COVID-19.
This transition to a permanently hybrid workforce provides an opportunity for a remarkable increase in flexibility.
Organisations are already implementing new policies and adopting new workflows to accommodate both fully remote employees and the 29 per cent of employees who will work remotely part of the time.
To facilitate an increased demand for innovative workplace technologies, Smarten Spaces is also partnering with global solutions providers such as Cisco, Kone, Microsoft, VergeSense, Salto, HID, amongst others, to feature their solutions in the Living Lab.
As organisations move to hybrid working environments, technology will be the prime enabler in creating differentiated and elevated employee experiences. The Future of Workplace Living Lab uses a host of Microsoft technologies including Azure IoT and is built on Microsoft Azure, which allows for scalability and reliability on a foundation of trust. Business leaders navigating the necessary shift to new workplace strategies will have access to cutting-edge technological experiences that enhance employee productivity and engagement.Venkat Krishnan, executive director, Commercial Partners, Microsoft India
Today, Smarten Spaces technology is being used by Fortune 500 companies around the world in over 250 locations, 60 cities, 16 countries including New York, Chicago, London, Sydney, Helsinki, Moscow, Singapore, Mumbai and many more.
 Gartner, Remote Work After COVID-19, Human Resources Research Team, 16 July 2020.