HOLMRIS B8 is testing a new method of collecting data. By using sensors in a workplace environment, the company gathers different information about the flow of people. The data may change the way we furnish our buildings in the future.
Designers know how to furnish a room from experience and instinct. Yet, sometimes it becomes difficult to pin point exactly, which details needs tweaking to create a pleasant environment. That is why interior design company HOLMRIS B8 decided to bring facts to the table.
HOLMRIS B8 is developing a technology, which uses small sensors placed under tables in the workspace, meeting room, and cafeteria. The sensors measure room temperature, CO2 level, humidity level and they sense if anybody is sitting at the table utilizing the space. Michael Birn is director of business development at HOLMRIS B8 and he tells the new data really helps customers.
– The world is full of bad offices. Employees work better with a steady temperature and a fresh flow of air. The sensors are a good investment because a pleasant work environment raises the effectiveness of a whole workplace, says Michael Birn.
The sensor system can be set up in a workplace with fifty employees, though it really shines in places with a thousand employees or more. Through a couple of months, the sensors gather enough information. Then, Holmris B8 provides the data to interior decorators who can redesign the building accordingly to the new information.
– We see how many uses each work desk and meeting room. Thereby we know if rooms are too big, small, or wrongly furnished. Square meters are expensive and by optimizing how people use the building, our customers can save a lot of space, says Michael Birn.
The data is presented on a heat map so the customer can see for themselves where there is too much or too little flow in a building. As an example, the map can show that no one uses a lounge area so that the space might be better suited for something else.
Interest from architects
The sensors are equipped with batteries lasting eight years. They therefore do not need a power outlet, which makes the system cheap and easy to install. The technology is still in development with a trial project ending later this year. Michael Birn tells that many architects have shown interest in the sensors.
– We are able to obtain undeniable facts about a the flow of a work environment. This is unique and may proof useful in both architecture and interior design. The technology can make employees happier and it may help companies save money on costly square meters. Now, we look forward to developing the sensors further, says Michael Birn.
HOLMRIS B8 has more than 100 years of experience creating interior solutions. The company is a fusion between HOLMRIS and B8, which used to be fierce competitors, driving each other toward innovation. Now, the two work together in the pursuit of making great rooms to live and work in.