The workplace – the next major connected ecosystem

Mark Curtis


Businesses today are busy automating, embracing big data and trying to figure out what the Internet of Things means for them, but what about the workplace? With ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) firmly embedded, smart devices and wearables are about to fuel a new focus on smart, intuitive digital services for employees.


The first phase of the digitisation of the office is about bringing together existing technologies as smart apps. “We designed a system for a bank in Istanbul that helped the staff plan their day and interact with customers,” says Mark Curtis, co-founder and chief client officer at design and innovation consultancy firm Fjord, who describes how the dashboard collates information on meetings, targets and also includes internal communications.

“We built into the system live mapping linked to a live calendar, which automatically detects where the next meeting is, gives traffic alerts, and tells them when to leave – it’s an early and relatively simple example of what will soon be possible.”

Such data-harvesting apps are possible now, though offices and workplaces are yet to see the emergence of an iconic smart device, such as Nest or Philips Hue smart bulbs in the world of smart homes. However, Curtis says that any technology that takes things off the ‘thinking list’ is potentially a game-changer.


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