Architecture is a craft built on the foundation of visual and tactile potentiality. As an architect, you are probably the most eminent member of the design team as you can both verbally translate ideas and serve as a facilitator. In an ever-evolving profession, the need to stay up to date with technology and aesthetic trends is radically essential.

Technology has permeated every aspect of the way we live today in our homes, workspace, and even public spaces. With access to data and analytics, we are heading towards a new breed of innovative architecture with new horizons in generative design, cloud services, virtual, augmented, and mixed realities. To thrive in this new digital age, firms will need to harness emerging technologies and use them to their advantage from the initial concept all the way to an executable technical journey.

Most architects today, understand the potential upside of a digital transformation to their project and are also looking to design, build, and evolve these digital experiences for clients. But the key challenge faced by most architects and companies for implementing a seamless digital experience is to establish a platform architecture that integrates a variety of best of breed technologies to deliver an integrated solution, enabling high agility, scalability, adaptability, and sustainability.

To address these issues in proficient and effective ways, we created a handy guidebook that will walk you through 10 different technological and digital solutions and help you design modern, efficient civic spaces.

1. Workspace Technology

The shift towards smart workspace technology is happening for several reasons, the most promising developments being convergence and integration. Encapsulating products and systems which connect employees and their work environments, smart workspaces will create a digital-ready workforce that boosts end-user productivity, improves business agility, addresses environmental objectives, and reduce overall IT costs. Workspace technology will help customers migrate their business to a more cloud-based, multi-device platform enabling them to use technology more effectively and drive digital transformation with security and intelligence.

Smart space utilization

Real-time conference room data

Smart Workstations

Lobbies and wayfinding

Environmental Controls

2. IOT (INTERNET OF THINGS)

IOT is the concept of connecting any internet-capable device to other devices or application services. A platform bringing together the hardware, connectivity, software, and application layers to offer an efficient solution for device management, configuration, data collection, and analysis.

It’s an umbrella term with many use cases, technologies, standards, and applications. With such a tool at your expense, you can connect multiple features with the cloud or on-site server with significant cost savings.

Using cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors, IoT enables machine-to-machine communication and creates a mobile, instantaneous link to the interconnected system.

An evolving reality, IOT is a catalyst for a digital transformation to any project. The core of IOT consists of the four building blocks that are key in providing the fundamental features that make a sustainable IoT ecosystem: functionality, scalability, availability, maintainability, and cost-effectiveness.

3. SOUND MASKING

Sound masking is the process of adding a low-level unobtrusive background sound to the environment to reduce noise distraction and protect speech privacy. With the rise of open space trends, a comfortable acoustic environment becomes an important consideration. Sound masking adds ambient background sound engineered to match the frequency of human speech so that sensitive conversations are not overheard.

A custom-designed system works with the architecture of the space to deliver a better acoustic environment. Also, well-designed systems typically survive longer.

Some of the major attributes for a successful sound masking system include uniformity, variability, adaptability, controllability, and sounds aping.

4. VISITOR ATTENDANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Dynamic office spaces not only has its employees to consider but the visitors as well. An IoT-powered management and attendance system, that makes it possible for the access controls of any office premise to be accessible from one place.

With real-time integration of pre-registering visitors and facilities booking, the system helps protect employees, assets, and buildings by confirming visitor identity, compiling relevant information about their visit, and information on the meeting venues with security desk dashboards and QR codes. You can stay updated with real-time notifications, visitor reports, and analytics to avoid any discrepancies.

An IOT visitor supervision system can establish recognized and authorized entry of every individual entering the campus with Facial recognition-based access. The system has a unique feature of pre-invite and request access designed especially for your guests. Another advantage that can be availed is the reduced cost of maintenance that is incurred with standard biometric systems.

5. SMART PARKING

Parking is an area where sensor technology is making a tremendous difference. Innovative parking technology combined with IOT connectivity can help solve the problem. Looking for a parking lot will never be a difficult task after introducing an automated parking management system for your commercial projects.

Smart parking is an IOT Vertical designed to scale from a single gateway installation with digital features like vehicle detection sensors and cameras, automated vehicle license plate recognition technology, live update of parking availability, smart parking meters, smart payments, parking assistance, navigation apps, parking data to optimize the flow of traffic and reduce congestion.

6. SMART LIGHTING

Smart lighting is an IOT enabled system to improve visual comfort and energy efficiency. With the introduction of sensors in lighting, the flexibility and personalization aspects of the software will unlock new possibilities. For example, sensors embedded in domestic light fixtures could enhance hazard detection or emergency calls. By connecting sensors to the cloud, the data extracted can be used in many ways.

A connected lighting system is requisite. The benefits of a wireless system are obvious as wireless offers more features, flexibility, and simplicity for a fraction of the price and requires substantially less infrastructure.

Software-enabled lighting controls, empowered by smart lighting and the Internet of Things (IoT) evolution, will be a game-changer in the world of lighting. Smart lighting can be controlled through an external device like a smartphone or smart assistant, set to operate on a schedule, or triggered by sound or motion.

7. ROOM AND DESK BOOKING

Offices have rapidly evolved over the last few decades. With developments in technology, the power of a collaborative, smart environment – where many aspects of office space are data-enabled and driven – can help businesses to drive efficiency, cut costs and boost employee effectiveness and productivity.

Room and desk booking software provides real-time occupancy data and work floor availability and also makes it easy for employees to book resources and help optimize usage. Like room booking, sensors are added to each desk to gauge availability. Locating employees, finding desks, tracking down office equipment, and viewing room availability is possible with IoT’s integrated capabilities.

Energy conservation is another significant benefit when it comes to tracking workspace utilization. As reducing carbon footprint, increasingly becomes a business priority, energy efficiency will be a focus if companies are to achieve sustainability targets.

8. SMART BUILDINGS

As it rightly said in the world of architecture, a building’s exterior is for the public but, its interior is for its people. Smart building technologies with advanced digital services and analytics make a building management system more sustainable and cost-effective.

Implementation of smart technologies for buildings is not limited only to curb energy consumption but also to help deliver greater comfort, better safety, and advanced security to its people. These systems include building automation, life safety, telecommunications, user systems, and facility management systems.

The IOT is transforming buildings from being mere containers to adding more value to the life of its occupants by integrating superior digital solutions like sensors for automated controlling of lighting, air quality, and climate with smart meters and energy management systems.

9. CYBER SECURITY

Connecting Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices to your corporate network provides clear benefits, but it also exposes one to new cyber threats. With the expansion of IoT market, numerous potential risks threaten the safety and performance of devices as well as the integrity of IOT.

Digital security must be employed in all devices and at all spots to prevent vulnerabilities. Cyber security solutions minimize exposure to cyber-risk and prevent cyber-attacks. It identifies all IOT devices in the network and assesses its risks, prevents unauthorized access with zero trust segmentation and blocks malicious intents. It also helps optimize processes, improve quality of service, reduces costs, and enhances the customer experience. The IOT is transforming buildings from being mere containers to adding more value to the life of its occupants by integrating superior digital solutions like sensors for automated controlling of lighting, air quality, and climate with smart meters and energy management systems.

10. ICT - Information and Communications Technology

ICT is widely accepted and acknowledged as a probable tool for development in the world of Architecture. It includes domains such as software development, cloud computing, data centers, research networks, and support channels.

ICT trends shaping innovation are pioneered by mobility, automation, and cloud. Automated systems, intelligent buildings, adaptive energy systems, assistive technologies, and remote monitoring are the few important fields of ICT to improve the operational efficiency and quality of the project. ICT is also helping architects build and integrate a system with self-managing devices, spread intelligence through the cloud, and communicate beyond sight and sound.

So before you sit to layout the design specs of a new commercial building project or plan down the blueprint of your pitch, navigate through an assortment of digital solutions you can apply to your project to manage, deliver and optimize experiences consistently across every phase of the customer life cycle.

Now that you know what digital solutions you can acquaint for your business, we at Cavis can help you apply these digital solutions and technological advancements catering to your needs and field of architecture integrated into a single platform. Drop in your details in the form below, if you need further assistance or have any questions in regards to our services.