19 November 2018

  |  JLL

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What does the smart building of the future look like?

The utopian vision is that buildings will adapt to us. Instead of going into a meeting room and discovering the cables you need to connect your laptop to a screen are missing, you could walk into a room, that’s been automatically set to your exact preferences that are stored in a room booking system

What does the smart building of the future look like?

The utopian vision is that buildings will adapt to us. Instead of going into a meeting room and discovering the cables you need to connect your laptop to a screen are missing, you could walk into a room, that’s been automatically set to your exact preferences that are stored in a room booking system.

Voice recognition will allow a more responsive and adaptive building environment. Projection, audio and video requirements will be prepared beforehand to make it easier and faster to start meetings.

Building operations will also improve significantly. The building’s central system will guide users to their desks based on the predicted numbers expected, allowing it to decide the optimal spread of users across the floor, to ensure the most efficient energy use.

Down the line, buildings could interact with both people and their devices. Over time we could discover buildings are increasingly adapting to our requirements, almost predicting our demands, based on our past behaviours.

But whatever the transformation brings, one thing is certain. Smart technology is poised to define the future of the workplace for investors and occupiers.

Tom Carroll, head of corporate research, EMEA, JLL