Believe it or not, the Internet of Things has arrived at the stodgy old General Services Administration (GSA). Though the program was created to save energy for government agencies, it is also helping with worker productivity.
Tiny sensors embedded in windows, ceiling tiles, and heating and cooling systems throughout their office collect information about temperature and motion, including traffic patterns in meeting rooms and corridors. When employees enter one of the agency’s buildings, they swipe their badge to reserve a desk or a conference room, and the system turns on the lights in that space, turning them off again when workers leave.
The system also uses its readings to turn on air conditioning in occupied rooms, though employees can collectively override it.
The smart system has saved the agency more than $7 million since it was implemented in 2013, and has allowed for better coordination among workers from the agency’s various offices.