Reimagining the office – the sky’s the limit

Over the past two years, the way people live, work and commute has shifted tremendously. The office has broken its physical boundaries.

As remote work has become an accepted option for many people and organisations, the traditional office-first model is undergoing a reinvention.

Instead of seeing the office as a physical space, it could be thought of as a concept. In the office of the future, users can pay for what they want to use and value the most, with a continuous flow of new offerings and innovations to help them succeed.

In this space, facility managers and tenants can optimise the value of their space.

Tenants have a more flexible arrangement – they each use a desk, meeting room, printer, elevator, parking, in-house gym and more, and can be tracked on a single employee basis and charged based on use. In this model, tenants can scale their office footprint up and down based on how their business develops over time.

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At the same time, building managers have access to comprehensive asset utilisation visibility, through a combination of real-time data, historical data and AI, helping them make better decisions about space usage, and allowing for the development of the service offering based on real insights.

It is important to embrace ecosystem thinking, where building owners, operators, tenants, tech companies, service companies and more – all come together to co-create these solutions.

Digital connectivity is a clear enabler to help manage office flow in faster, safer, smarter ways. The KONE DX elevator promises a new era of digital people flow, and is a key player in this office-as-a-service ecosystem.

KONE has a growing ecosystem of API partners to facilitate a continuous flow of new offerings. BindiMaps, Australia’s leading guidance app for blind and visually impaired people, can be connected to the KONE DX for people to call a lift through their smartphone, helping them navigate smoothly and safely through spaces with confidence.

Visitor management system, Sine, enables instant check-in, pre-screening, capacity management and elevator calling, to cater to all safety and security requirements and ensure buildings make the best first impression.

The ecosystem is growing all the time, bringing new smart-building solutions for everything from accessibility and parking, to entertainment and security – all of which can be easily integrated with KONE DX connected elevators.

Digital connectivity offers two main benefits for building owners and operators – first, the new vision of a smarter, more flexible commercial building maximises occupancy and ensures all spaces and assets are in demand. Second, the building is no longer just a piece of real estate – the combination of physical space and digital innovation platforms now increase tenant satisfaction, opening new, more scalable and potentially higher value revenue opportunities beyond the typical office offering.

KONE DX offers connectivity to existing buildings – meaning it might not be needed to replace elevators to take advantage of new digital solutions and services enabled by an API connected lift.

DX connectivity isn’t only reserved to new KONE elevators. Recent KONE elevators could be digitally transformed through some immediate works, meaning the benefits of a connected lift are possible without having to install new equipment.

The sky’s the limit for the new services and solutions that can be created. To find out more about KONE smart elevator solutions, visit KONE.COM.AU.

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