“Property related expenses are one of the highest on a company’s balance sheet whether it is in the Middle East or across the globe. Given the current economic climate and the overall downturn this is the best thing that we can do to our clients and that is reducing their costs significantly,” said Jason Goddard, Regional Executive & General Manager Mena, Johnson Controls Global Communications (JCGC) Global WorkPlace Solutions.
“As flexible and mobile working increasingly becomes the norm, understanding the level of capacity a business needs is more important. Working with its corporate clients, Johnson Controls recognised the demand for highly informative data on space utilisation, so that businesses could make intelligent property decisions,” added Goddard.
From this insight, Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions developed an award-winning, innovative technology that anonymously tracks people’s movements to produce detailed and highly accurate analysis of how the space is used. The Visible Living Lab is a forward thinking web-based space management and real time occupancy tool developed by the company. By using radio frequency technology and smart cards, the movement of hundreds of occupants is monitored and analysed, in real time, providing in-depth understanding of how users utilise their working environment – be it a meeting room or a desk.
“We are currently also speaking to developers in the UAE with regard to our technology for efficient utilisation of commercial space resulting in faster and better occupancy levels. We urge them to involve us at the design stage of a property so that we can add value right from the beginning. This technology allows businesses to get a clear understanding of how a workplace is really used day in and day out. This new intelligence enables increased staff productivity and reduce the cost of ownership – creating business advantage,” said Goddard.
Founded in 1885, Johnson controls a $38bn company is ranked 83rd on Fortune 500 list. The company serves 12 million homes and one million commercial buildings across 170 countries. The sophisticated security management system at Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper is also developed by Johnson Controls. Additional high-profile energy efficiency projects managed by the Johnson Controls in the region include – the Bahrain Bay Project, the Pearl Development in Qatar, and both the Kingdom Tower and Jebel Al Qala in Saudi Arabia.
“The way we work is changing. As companies grow and enter global markets, workplaces become more complex. Shifting social, environmental and technological factors increasingly affect the way businesses operate, and workplaces need to keep pace. Global WorkPlace Innovation has been tracking these changes for several years. This knowledge has led to pioneering technology and innovations to benefit our customers’ workplaces. Whether it’s providing real time space management data or global trends in real estate, GWi is one step ahead of emerging workplace needs,” concluded Goddard.
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