The way we work has changed significantly over the past few years. The fixed workplace has been swapped for a flexible or mobile one, and the times we work are no longer set from nine to five. All of these developments have changed the usage and functionality of offices. This evolution was recognized by Ton Fleuren, Director of Business Development Utility, who was the driving force behind BeSense. He then assigned Project Manager of Innovation Thomas Thunnissen to turn this innovative plan into reality.
According to Thunnissen, “BeSense came about because we wanted to focus more on the health, welfare and productivity of the end-users. Using sensors mounted on desks, walls, and cealings, BeSense collects anonymous data on the space utilization, occupation and usage of a building. Each sensor has a unique ID number and is connected wirelessly to a software system. They constantly measure the issues which are important for office locations: space occupation, temperature, CO2 levels, light intensity, and humidity. By aggregating and analyzing all of this information, smart and sustainable decisions can be made.”
Thunnissen quotes a few examples: “Suppose you discover that an area which is heated day and night is only occupied 12 percent of the time. Or that office X often has a worryingly high CO2 level, which negatively influences concentration. Or that the eastern side of the building is by far the favorite – and why that’s the case. Companies can take proactive action with this knowledge, making a difference for the building manager, the employer, the staff, and also for the cleaners. They can all work more efficiently and with more focus. For instance, BeSense can map out the best possible cleaning route, based on which areas it predicts will be dirty.”