Truly integrated smart workplaces

18 Apr 2019 | Posted in Partnerships

Working on partnerships daily, I am fortunate to have a front row seat to the evolution around smart buildings. As the global demand for smart buildings grow, one of the main questions remains – how will the various elements and domains integrate and interact to create a seamless environment enabling a smart building?

Unlike the past in which bilateral relations were formed to create complementary value around propositions, today is all about the development of a smart ecosystem.

In April, Cisco hosted a Business Summit to discuss key challenges regarding enabling smart buildings and multiple opportunities were identified while working together with other organizations to drive new customer centric values. In tandem to the summit, we collaborated with six other companies from various industries to partake in a Hackathon, hosted by Cisco’s Webex team. The primary focus of the Hackathon was on Smart Space integrations, in which we provided xAPI access to a variety of sensors to detect the amount of people in a room and indoor localization via VLC (visible light communication).

Over 30 hackers split into six groups to begin coding during the Hackathon, which inspired collaborative teamwork and at the end, showcased the importance of an ecosystem. Working together and realizing the unexpected.

Presentation at the Hackathon


The results were stunning:

  • Together with the meeting room booking solution of Cisco, a resolution was for meetings that run over time. Five minutes before the meeting ends the light blinks providing a clear non-disturbing signal to the participants to conclude.
  • In combination with the Cisco Webex boards, which can track the speaker during a presentation. A halo lighting effect was created, linking the location of the speaker with the lights in the near surrounding. This improves the non-verbal communication in dimmed lighting surroundings.
  • In combination with Evoko screens the embedded presence detection sensors auto confirm the occupancy instead of using the manual confirm button.
  • The team created an integration where by voice recognition the light can be activated using Cisco Webex.

Overall necessary steps were made showcasing that a collaborative effort can really make a difference.

Remco Lansbergen

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