202221 Jul

Digital drives workplace trends in the Nordics


Rapid advancements in digital technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) are driving significant change in the Nordic real estate sector and quickening the pace of transition to smart offices, factory buildings and high-street retail spaces. A link between the workplace environment and higher safety measures being demanded by trade unions at employers in Sweden features in a research-based report from real estate group Wihlborgs that was undertaken in partnership with NAVET Analytics and Quilt.AI. The office in a new look (Kontoret i Ny Tappning) joint report identifies AI and digitisation as the key factors in producing permanent changes in how employees have connected wellness issues with their work environment and employer. “AI and ML have proven to outperform human input in many areas, including in the labour-intensive adjusting and optimising of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning [HVAC] systems needed to secure optimal indoor conditions,” said Pippola. In the Nordics, the move to developing smart office building environments took a significant leap forward in 2020 when the state agency Statistics Sweden partnered with Castellum to employ AI-sensor systems to utilise its meeting spaces and conference rooms more efficiently and effectively for the 750 employees at the organisation’s headquarters in Örebro.

Source: Computerweekly