Heijmans is deliberately pursuing the crossroads of construction, IT and hospitality management. Why?
An office building was once a collection of elements comprising facades, a roof, floors. Interior decorators furnished the building. Who the end-users were or what they required of their workplace was irrelevant. Heijmans is turning this around, because it’s all about people. We place people at the centre of what we do. The building may be beautiful but it is merely a shell. Our aim is to make a building as comfortable as possible for its occupants. A healthy, pleasant and clean environment increases productivity. Above all, it befits a good employer.
Through BeSense we collect relevant data about user behaviour without actually knowing the user. Anonymity is guaranteed. This information is the basis for sustainable building management, maintenance and hospitality management, but it also provides insights and data that we can use for renovation or for new-build projects.
What data do you collate – and how?
We make use of sensors that we initially mount on desks. It is also possible to mount them on walls or ceilings. All sensors have a unique ID number. The sensors are connected wirelessly to a software system. They continually measure things that we find important: room occupation, temperature, CO2 levels, light intensity and humidity. Analysis of that data provides valuable insights. Examples? You discover that a room which is heated day and night is only occupied twelve per cent of the time. Or that there is a disturbingly high CO2 level in meeting room X, which undermines the concentration. Or that the east facade is by far the most favoured – and the reason why. This knowledge enables you to make strategic proposals to companies. That is pleasant for the building manager, the employer, the staff but certainly also the cleaners because they can then organise their work more efficiently.