“Indian facility managers are increasingly becoming energy conscious while at the same time prioritizing occupant comfort and safety.”- Mr. Gaurav Burman, President, APAC: 75F

Mr. Gaurav Burman, President, APAC: 75F

Nisha Harshwal:-What new technologies 75F is using for their customers?

Mr. Gaurav Burman:- 75F’s solution operates in the true confluences of Cloud Computing, Edge Computing, Applied IoT and Machine Learning to deliver predictive, proactive building intelligence solutions. Using sensors spread across in a building 75F collects millions of data points from each room. The ability to process this data rests in the cloud where the data is analyzed to draw intelligent insights. This enables 75F to be able to proactively predict how the building is going to behave in conjunction with factors such as weather forecasts, angle of the sun, etc. and determine the optimal control strategy in advance. By combining these insights with real-time data obtained from the sensors, the system can adopt a customized strategy that will lead to maximum energy savings and occupant comfort.

75F’s unique solution harnesses the power of these technologies to save up to 50% on a building’s HVAC & lighting energy and improve occupant comfort, well-being and productivity.

Nisha Harshwal:-How is 75F different from other players in the same sector?

Mr. Gaurav Burman:- 75F’s self-learning, intuitive building intelligence system is a unique solution that improves a commercial building’s Operational Efficiency and Occupant Experience, by proactively controlling the HVAC, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), and Lighting based on inputs from sensors, weather data, configuration settings and predictive algorithms. Equipped with IoT and cloud computing data storage and processing power, 75F’s system helps commercial buildings save up to 50% on their HVAC and Lighting Energy bills while improving occupant experience by up to 10%.

While there are many players in the Building Controls sector, there aren’t many that provide the entire stack – from the hardware to the software to the building intelligence software, to the data analytics to the user interface. Others mostly offer legacy on-premise server architecture-based deployments which are straddled with inherent costs, complexity, maintenance and limited life.

Nisha Harshwal:-What is the future of smart offices in India?

Mr. Gaurav Burman:-Indian facility managers are increasingly becoming energy conscious while at the same time prioritizing occupant comfort and safety. They see value in investing in technologies that help them achieve their sustainability goals, make workplaces more productive, secure and comfortable and improve efficiencies. All of these factors and more are leading to the rise of smart offices in India. Globally, the Smart Office Market was valued at USD 28.04 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 55.62 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 13.6% over the forecast period 2020 – 2025 according to Mordor Intelligence. India, owing to its rising economic conditions and an increase in new buildings, is estimated to be one of the key markets driving this growth.
Millennials are changing the workplace. Offices have evolved from being rigid places of work to becoming smart, comfortable places where employees thrive. Smart office technology deploys automated systems, sensors, and advanced communication infrastructure and networks, which assist in providing centralized control, remote manageability and data analytics. Advanced HVAC and automated lighting systems help offices manage energy better while improving climate & lighting control. Other solutions like cafeteria management, elevator management, space management, meeting room booking, Smart AV systems, etc. are focussed improving occupant experience.

Nisha Harshwal:-How can a smart office result in better productivity?

Mr. Gaurav Burman:- A smart office is functional, ergonomic and attractive – using technology to create a better employee experience and enhance operational efficiency. A truly smart office environment focuses on many dimensions; from the ever-changing environment-based attributes such as good indoor air quality, thermal comfort, lighting and sound to static attributes such as design and amenities. Studies have shown that small changes such as improved ventilation can boost the productivity of workers by 11% while better lighting can spark a whopping 23% jump in efficiency. Simple as it may seem: employees who are most happy with their workplace are also the most engaged. These are employees who come to work energized, ready to come up with new ideas, create new strategies and make meaningful progress each day.

In other words, Smart offices result in healthier employees who are motivated to work better. Research estimates that employees who work in smart, comfortable offices are up to 23% more productive than in traditional offices. They report 30% fewer headaches and respiratory complaints and take 6 fewer sick leaves for every 10 workers. These employees get 46 minutes more quality sleep, so they come to work refreshed and energized and show a 61% improvement in cognition and decision making.

Nisha Harshwal:-Some unique reasons to adopt smart offices?

Mr. Gaurav Burman:-Smart offices offer a variety of benefits. Most people usually connect Smart Offices to automation and energy efficiency. However, smart offices also help improve employee comfort and productivity, therefore adding to the bottom line in more ways than one.
Smart offices help improve Occupant Health and Productivity. By constantly monitoring different variables, the smart solutions deployed at smart office ensure that temperature, air quality and lighting are constantly maintained at healthy levels. With better indoor air quality, human-centric lighting and thermal comfort, occupants are not only comfortable but also healthier and more productive. As a result, absenteeism drops, and improved productivity adds to the company’s bottom line.

Another benefit is that a smart office also means improved sustainability scores for your company. Since both the consumers and the workforce today are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious, this could prove to be profitable for you