Our virtual smart office experience

If you’ve been keeping up with our posts over the last few weeks, you’ll have seen that we built a 2100ft² replica smart office at Facilities Show 2019. Now, we can finally show you our space in the detail that it deserves.

Across the three days of last month’s Smart Buildings Expo, we saw over 1500 people enter and interact with our full-scale smart office. Show attendees were given the opportunity to speedily sign up to the space’s visitor registration system, just as they would if it were a real smart office. From here they were able to use their key card to access and interact with all of the integrated technology. 

In conjunction with the team at TAL, we’ve put together a 3D showcase of the space that we built for Facilities Show 2019, where we’ve signposted all of the key points and interactive aspects of the smart office.

Here you can see the full virtual tour for yourself, making sure that no sensor is left unturned. Additionally we’ve written a detailed breakdown of the space in its entirety for your convenience.

The Virtual Tour

Front desk

The tour begins at the front desk where, for the purpose of this exhibition, Vanti team members were on hand to sign visitors up to the system. Here visitors were given the option to select their role in the office, from facilities managers to office guests, offering a customised journey as they navigate our experience.

Nook zone

Upon entering the office Nook huddle pods can be seen in use, offering flexible working space for casual and functional use. These pods can be customised and connected together to suit the needs of the workspace. The customised touch panels have Vanti software installed, allowing for simple booking of the pods for anyone using the space.

Throughout the build, sensors track real time data. These are strategically placed in order to monitor aspects such as occupancy, humidity, temperature or to relay whether a specific space is in use. The parameters of this data are tailored to the needs of our clients, allowing for effective use and optimisation of workspaces.

Walking on from here, an open space provides a route to the smart locker system. Lockers are ideal for workspaces where hotdesking is common, providing a secure and intuitive solution for equipment and belonging storage. Touch panels interact with custom ID cards, allowing for quick identification and booking through our system.

Meeting room

Following the left-hand wall takes visitors through to our replica video conferencing and meetings suite. This room is fully integrated, allowing for simplified start-up and shutdown process, granting a seamless and swift experience for the end user.

Sensors in this room offer incredibly powerful monitoring and optimisation tools, especially when enabled with machine learning integrated with Ubiqisense sensors which are able to analyse occupancy, occupant gender, age or even posture within a set space.

The Ricoh interactive whiteboard in this room can be used for a multitude of operations, and it’s something that we often organise UX training workshops for, so that our clients can get the most out of the technology. Other integrations in this room include Lutron blinds and lighting controls, which can be programmed to respond to internal and external conditions for simple environment regulation.

This space is controlled by a Lutron Pico panel, allowing for simple management of systems within the room. We believe that a simple light switch is often more useful than a gimmicky app that requires a login and a few taps before you can navigate to the right menu. This is something that we often explain to clients when discussing what we mean by thoughtful integration with a people-first approach.

Through designing a space that enables working by understanding how that space will be used, we’re able to provide our clients with increased value for their investment. 

Command and control room

The impressive command and control room demonstrated an ideal for how a functional smart building monitoring hub might look. This particular configuration is geared towards providing facilities managers with detailed, real-time information from the sensors fixed in strategic locations, as well as enabling the experiences of building users for the coming generation of smart buildings.

This room also features one of our area control panels, a central component to our role as a Main Technology Contractor (MTC). Our approach in the capacity of MTC aims to create a flexible, expandable and open modular platform where we can connect any supported in-building technology together for low level integration. If you’d like to read about what we do when acting as a Main Technology Contractor, you can see our full article here.

The video wall in this room provides all of this real-time data in a digestible format, aided by our fully customisable Smart Core visual dashboard. Triggered events and alerts on this dashboard allow for proactive maintenance and the overall efficiencies in space management.  

This system is powered by Smart Core, our building technology platform and framework, and it’s how we’re able to monitor the vast volume of data that a building produces. One application for this is the ability to connect Smart Core to power distribution boards, allowing systems to then provide real-time alerts for power outages or surges.

Details throughout this space have been integrated with the user at front of mind. Additional sensors equipped in this room provide security alerts, such as unauthorised access to physical entry points, which are then fed through Smart Core enabled trigger responses such as instant visual CCTV focus. This is combined with integrated CCTV cameras throughout the space, allowing real-time feeds to be monitored within the control room. In this particular build, low energy sensors have also been used to automate processes, for example turning off the air conditioning if a window is opened.

Hotdesking area

The final zone within our experience is the hotdesking area. Hotdesking, when integrated with Smart Core, allows for greater desk occupancy and fully optimised space usage. One example of a space with integrated hotdesking systems is our work with Informa, which resulted in a mobility ratio of 1.8 people to one desk and ultimately a £1.6m annual cost saving for the client. This would not have been possible without the implementation of Smart Core, which enabled optimisation to take place based on continuous monitoring of building data.

This room also features an interactive kiosk, allowing for full access to the integrated network from an end user perspective. This kiosk can allow for simple desk booking, visual overviews of availability for a multitude of integrated components, search functionality and many more customisable and programmable processes.

And thus concludes your virtual tour of Vanti’s smart building experience at Facilities Show 2019.

Here you can find a full list of our suppliers for this build.

If you’ve seen anything here that excites you and you’d like to learn more, we’d love to hear from you!