Post Real Estate Management and Services AG has rolled out Locatee in more than 20 locations to analyse workplace utilisation. One of them is the data centre Zofingen, where MeteoViva Climate is being employed to optimise indoor climate. The incorporation of Locatee data within MeteoViva Climate allowed for more precise indoor climate forecasts and savings in resources. This results in significant added value not only for employees and proprietors, but also for Facility and Corporate Real Estate Management teams.
The Challenges of Cost Pressure and User Satisfaction
The wellbeing of the employees is essential for a productive working environment, which is heavily influenced by indoor climate. Creating such a climate brings along various challenges, such as the cost pressure that CREM and FM are subject to. It is expected that resources are saved on the one hand, and ideal conditions for employees are created on the other hand.
The Zofingen data centre addresses both challenges thanks to MeteoViva Climate and Locatee: Locatee’s occupancy data is evaluated in order to optimise space supply in the long term on the basis of current building utilisation. MeteoViva Climate provides the data basis for controlling building technology according to actual conditions, which not only improves the indoor climate but also saves resources such as heating, cooling, and ventilation costs.
MeteoViva Climate is the future of facility management: forward-thinking, self-learning, with over 3.5 million operating hours of experience in buildings worldwide. The model-based Smart Data solution achieves an optimised indoor climate while simultaneously significantly reducing operating and energy costs as well as carbon emissions.
Locatee is the leading Workplace Analytics Solution for workplace optimisation through detailed insights into building utilisation. Locatee enables large companies to make fact-based decisions regarding their real estate, and changes the way employees interact with their office buildings.
- Investment in sustainability due to the first-time use of Locatee’s utilisation data in MeteoViva Climate
- Improvement of indoor climate for increased user satisfaction
- Optimisation of HVAC can lead to reduced resource costs up to 45%
How it works?
New Solution Thanks to Pairing of Two Smart Data Platforms
Until just recently, MeteoViva Climate has been employing static daily and weekly profiles for their estimation of room utilisation. Now, they use Locatee’s measurements of occupancy data to generate dynamic profiles and to calculate prognoses of occupancy for the following days. With this information, it is possible to create an exact simulation of the impact of future numbers of employees on indoor climate. Heating, cooling, and ventilation can therefore be adapted «just in time» and in line with actual demands.
An optimised indoor climate results in increased employee wellbeing, which in turn has a positive effect on productivity.
The analysis and evaluation of reliable data sources facilitates the simplification of building operations based on objective measurement data.
The control of heating, cooling, and ventilation tailored to current requirements not only has a positive effect on the environment and sustainability, but also allows you to save costs.
Saved Costs and Improved Indoor Climate: a Benefit for Management and Employees
MeteoViva Climate creates a pleasant room climate for the employees, which leads to fewer complaints due to less draught and lower temperature fluctuations. This is made possible by MeteoViva Climate’s optimal control of the systems, while at the same time keeping energy consumption as low as possible. Facility management requires less time for operational monitoring, as well as for energy management and necessary interventions can be carried out in a targeted manner. All in all, investments are being made in the sustainability of the building and the value of the building is therefore being increased: the objective was achieved in the data centre Zofingen and the comfort in the office space was noticeably improved. Heating was reduced by up to 5%, cooling systems by up to 45% and electricity consumption by up to 20%.
„Thanks to the integration of Locatee into MeteoViva Climate, the operation of the building services systems is optimised and costs can be saved. The comfort in the offices has improved significantly, resulting in increased employee satisfaction.”
UPC Schweiz GmbH is using occupancy data for their decision making. Reto Landert, Facility Manager at UPC Schweiz GmbH, states that using Locatee‘s objective and reliable data led them to added-value on different levels.
UPC Schweiz GmbH is one of the leading telecommunications and media providers of Switzerland with more than 1‘500 employees.
Increased Space Utilization
Satisfy Space Requests
Identify impacts on utilization
„The trustworthy data allows us as CRE to lead discussions with our CFO on an objective level and to define and achieve different target utilisations across our office buildings – while also taking into account our employees‘ well-being.”
- Identification of under-utilised areas and floors. As an example, in one office building 4’500 sqm could be subleased, which yielded in substantial cost reduction and helped increase the space utilisation to the targeted 85%.
- Pro-active retention of 900 sqm that were temporarily not in use due to volatile projects. This area helps to easily and quickly react on future space requests from the business lines and to satisfy their needs.
- Automatically created management reports of the present and historical space utilisation.
- Pro-active identification of organisational changes and how these affect the space utilisation, e.g. identification when a project phase ends and the respective desks are no longer required.
New Headquarters with a Modern Challenge
By moving the headquarters to a new office building in Bern Wankdorf, Swiss Post stepped into a modern work environment. As part of the increasing mobility within the company, Swiss Post employees are able to flexibly choose a workplace according to their current task at the new location. In the approximately 30,000m2 office space, more than 2,000 employees can take advantage of different areas, such as zones dedicated to individual work or interaction with others. This flexibility presents new challenges for managing the office; the availability of the right number of different workplaces and the optimal use of space must be ensured at all times. For example, the following questions arise:
- Where in the building are capacities currently available?
- How do the utilization and vacancies develop in the longterm?
- Which workspaces are used when and how frequently?
The flexible work environment posed many new challenges: the availability of the right number of different workspaces and the optimal use of space must be ensured.
- The modern work environment in the new Swiss Post headquarters posed new challenges regarding capacity planning and employee experience.
- Swiss Post rolled out Locatee across 30,000m2, covering the workplaces of more than 2,000 employees.
- Smart Signage enables employees to find workspaces and resources easily.
- With Locatee Analytics the sharing ratios of desks were optimized and 15-20% of office space savings were achieved.
How it works?
The Solution is Big Data
To answer these types of questions, Swiss Post pursued a data-driven approach and therefore chose to use the data solution by Locatee. The patented technology developed by the Zurich-based company evaluates thousands of data points from the existing LAN and Wi-Fi network infrastructure in realtime to determine which desks and meeting rooms are in use. Various data visualization options make it possible to assess the utilization of the entire building. To protect the employee’s privacy, the data is anonymized and aggregated irreversibly. T
Savings potential of 15-20% of office space costs was achieved after Swiss Post’s implementation of Locatee.
Find Workspaces Easily
Smart Signage allows employees to quickly find available workspaces in the office.
Prevention of Food Waste
Notifications sent to canteen helped estimate the number of meals to prepare and prevent food waste.
Optimization of sharing ratio
Using Locatee Analytics, Swiss Post is determining how departments use their assigned areas. By improving the home bases in their headquarters, they found potential to consolidate further buildings by adding 150 employees into their headquarters. A savings potential of 15–20% of the office space costs was achieved.
Retain great workspace experience
Swiss Post started consolidating their headquarters in July 2017 and identified that employees from other locations struggle to find meeting rooms and resources. In order to improve collaboration between employees and facilitate finding free workplaces as well as shared resources, Smart Signage was rolled out. This is accessible for all employees in the intranet, and live information is displayed on screens in the lobby.
„For us, the main advantage is that we have a purely data-based solution that does not require hardware investments of any kind – this was also the reason we chose Locatee Analytics.”
An automatic notification is sent to the canteen, reporting the number of people present in the office at 10am. The canteen uses the information to estimate the number of meals to prepare, leading to the reduction of food waste.
Comprehensive and continuous utilization data down to work zones creates the necessary transparency for workspace management. This allows vacancies in the building to be identified easily, making workspace management more simple and effective. Furthermore, the insights are used to ensure that the work environment at Swiss Post stays up-to-date with the employee‘s needs and that the available space can be managed efficiently and sustainably.
Adrian Dömer, Head of Department Real Estate & Infrastructure at FHNW, gave Locatee an interview and uncovered how he benefits from the workplace analytics solution. Watch the video and learn more about how FHNW uses Locatee!
FHNW is one of Switzerland’s leading universities of applied sciences and arts, actively involved in teaching, research, continuing education and service provision – both innovative and practice-oriented. Its broad range of degree programmes, hands-on concept, innovative, application-oriented research and global network make FHNW a diversified and appealing educational institution, a sought-after partner to industry and an attractive employer in northwestern Switzerland.
Offices all over the world are currently shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This results in various challenges for corporate real estate and facilities managers, ranging from how to maintain an unused office space to monitoring the number of people still working from the office. Zurich Insurance developed its own strategy to master this situation by using the relevant data provided by Locatee.
The insurance company has rolled out Locatee in multiple buildings throughout Switzerland in the Workplace Operations Plan. In their headquarters in Zurich, Locatee is being used to monitor the office building utilisation for strategic and operational real estate decisions.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, Locatee‘s data is used to monitor the daily peak utilization.
- Daily reports are created for the management to verify the maximum number of people located in the office.
- Measures were taken to reduce the occupancy in zones with too high a utilization.
- For the top management it is of great importance to have reliable insights during the crisis.
- The existing Cisco LAN & WiFI infrastructure allowed to measure workspace utilization in real-time, without additional hardware.
At their headquarters in Zurich, people in charge of business-critical tasks or events are currently still working from the office, while everyone else is urged to work from home. In order to be able to comply with government policy and to protect their employees, the management team at Zurich Insurance requests daily reports with key data points and indicators, such as the overall peak utilization of a building as well as that of different zones. Patrick Preisendanz, CAFM Specialist at Zurich Insurance Switzerland, prepares those reports and monitors all relevant data.
Timeline View with Daily Peaks
A color system to visualize office occupancy
The workplace utilization data provided by Locatee, based on Cisco’s IT Infrastructure, enables Patrick Preisendanz’s access to the required insights. Using the Timeline View of Locatee Analytics, he is able to oversee all floors and zones in order to monitor the daily peak utilization and to identify the time at which they occur. A color system has been introduced to visualize which areas are approved, critical or even over-utilized. Through the allocated home bases of the departments, all areas with a too much utilization could be approached and consequently the daily peaks successfully decreased. The peak utilization has now stabilized at a value of around 4%.
As the utilisation has reached its target value, Zurich Insurance is now able to start improving operational efficiency and use the data to select areas where office resources can be reduced and unused devices such as coffee machines can be shut down.
The value of peak utilization
While normally the insights into average utilization are used for strategic decisions at Zurich Insurance, now the peak utilization is providing the relevant data. After a short period of adjusting to these new circumstances, an immediate collaboration and regular exchange
between Zurich Insurance and Locatee made it possible to regain control over this exceptional situation.
„Locatee data took a lot of importance during the last weeks and was needed in order to implement the necessary measures taken by the management.”
Already anticipating the return of employees to the office, Patrick Preisendanz also plans to use Locatee’s data to monitor this future process with the same color system – this time in reverse. Most probably, there will be different stages of the number of people allowed to go back to office work, including staggered office hours. Monitoring this successive process will be key for a successful return to business as usual.
Locatee enables Swiss Re to design the office of the future with portfolio-wide location-based services and space optimization. This case study shows how it allows Swiss Re to design the office of the future.
Swiss Re is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer. They have implemented Locatee Analytics in their office buildings around the globe.
Netcloud is one of Switzerland‘s leading experts in planning, implementing, and managing ICT solutions. Their focus is broad knowledge and vast experience in the areas of Security, Network, Collaboration, Datacenter, Managed Services, Cyber Defence, Professional Services and the Cloud.
- Swiss Re‘s journey to becoming a digital enterprise, involved aligning the office design with employees needs and the company‘s vision.
- To realise this, Swiss Re turned to Netcloud as a strong IT-partner and combined Cisco‘s network infrastructure with Locatee‘s solution.
- This allowed to measure workspace utilisation in real-time and without additional hardware.
- With the insights of Locatee, Swiss Re identified unused space and has already realised savings potential of EUR 290.000 per year alone in their Munich office.
How it works?
Designing the Office of the Future
Whether you’re an employer or an employee — office design matters. For employees, it‘s a quality that makes you proud to come to work. It might have even factored into your decision to join the company in the first place. For employers, enabling your employees
through thoughtful, high-functioning office design has a huge impact on the company’s bottom line.
As one of the world‘s leading providers of reinsurance and insurance, Swiss Re is dedicated to making the world more resilient — and that begins at their headquarters. Swiss Re offers fresh perspectives, knowledge, and capital to help business of all types better anticipate and manage risk. To accomplish these goals, employees need a supportive office design, which is why Swiss Re launched the Smart Building and Service Solution Initiative. To realise the project Swiss Re needed a strong partner and therefore turned to Netcloud – Switzerland‘s leading experts in planning, implementing, and managing ICT solutions.
„After Netcloud’s successful implementation of the Cisco and Locatee solution as pilot programs in Munich and Bratislava, we were so pleased with the scalability and the overall success that a global rollout was the obvious way to go. Today we are optimising workspaces on 6 continents.”
Real-Time Insights Require Real-Time Data
Once the scope of the project was defined, Netcloud acted as a “general contractor“ and with Swiss Re’s underlying data of the Cisco infrastructure, Netcloud suggested to build on top with Locatee‘s solution. By allowing Cisco to team up with Locatee, the existing IT infrastructure was leveraged and allowed the analysis of workspace utilisation across the entire real estate portfolio, individual buildings, floors, and departments. This approach helps to reduce maintenance to a minimum while providing continuous and real-time
data. The insights allow Swiss Re to reduce costs, while also ensuring employees needs are being met – just in a more efficient manner than ever before.
Leveraging the Existing IT Infrastructure
The workspace analytics platform is designed to collect data from an IT network, thus providing real-time workspace insights.
Power of New Insights
The solution enables to see which buildings are underutilized and why, drilled down to specific floors in various offices.
Visibility of the Entire Portfolio
Seeing the whole porfolio enables to optimise resources everywhere for maximum impact from both a design and financial perspective.
An Investment in Your Employees
Locatee‘s platform was rolled out throughout the entire real estate portfolio and allowed the Corporate Real Estate team to make fact-based decisions.
- Easy implementation: The solution was deployed remotely by Netcloud and Locatee. Now Swiss Re has portfolio-wide visibility and is able to optimise resources for maximum impact from both a design and financial perspective.
- Real-time insights: The insights show which buildings are underutilised and why. By taking a granular look at the data, even down to specific floors in various offices. Key stakeholders such as Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management have access to data and can extract valuable insights out of it.
- Realising savings potential: Based on insights from Locatee, Swiss Re decided to decrease the space in the Munich Office by 10% because it wasn‘t utilised and could be reduced without detriment to the employees. The reduced space included workplaces, shared offices, meeting rooms, and think tanks. The reduction will save €290,000 per year in the Munich office alone
„The financial benefits to Swiss Re are obvious. It is now easier to capitalise on opportunities that we were entirely unaware existed. In our Munich office we could reduce space by 10%, allowing Swiss Re to save EUR 290’000 per year. Now imagine the portfolio-wide potential.”
Insights to Power the Future
The financial benefits to Swiss Re are obvious. It will now be easier to see where time, money, and attention should be directed to have the biggest impact on long-term goals. In addition, it will enable employees to work smarter on a daily basis. The insights that they now have available will enable to create higher functioning, more productive, and more collaborative offices for their employees. The leading companies of tomorrow invest in their employees today.
Biogen’s headquarters currently accommodate over 450 employees across four buildings, and a total of 12 floors. Due to the highly spread out nature of these office spaces Biogen’s management requested a site evaluation with the purpose of optimizing its long-term workspace strategy.
Biogen is a leading American Biotech company developing therapies for patients with serious neurological, autoimmune and rare diseases, with its international headquarters in Zug, Switzerland. These headquarters currently accommodate over 450 employees across four buildings, and a total of 12 floors. Due to the highly spread out nature of these office spaces, Biogen’s management requested a site evaluation to optimize its long-term workspace strategy.
- Biogen rolled out the Workplace Operations plan across four buildings and 28 departments.
- With Locatee Analytics Biogen identified areas with available capacity for potential ‘collaborative’ or ‘silent’ workspaces.
- An increase in the desk sharing ratio enabled Biogen to bring in 140 employees to the existing 450 without adding any square metres and improve space efficiency by 30%.
- In total a savings potential of CHF 2.5 million was realised.
How it started?
Workspace Demand as a Starting Point
Biogen’s facilities team realized that this optimization required a detailed understanding of the organization’s current space demands in order to ensure long-term workspace performance. One possible alternative was going in the direction of the currently trending ‘flexible workplace concept’, including shared desks, dedicated ‘collaborative’ spaces, and a ‘silent’ working environment. However, in order to provide Biogen’s leadership team with several alternative workspace strategies, key data and insights on actual workspace utilization were required. This included planning scenarios such as housing additional employees without adding extra workspace.
The decision to use a Big Data approach
In order to obtain these insights, and the data required for a site evaluation, Biogen looked at a variety of solutions aimed at helping them best understand their organization’s current workspace requirements. “We compared a variety of occupancy sensor solutions with Locatee’s big data approach. The non-intrusive, scalable and cost-efficient nature of Locatee Analytics convinced us that its approach was best suited for our requirements,” said Nicole Stutz, responsible for Office and Facility Management at Biogen.
„Understanding how an organisation uses its workspace is fundamental to creating an effective and efficient working environment. Thanks to Locatee Analytics we were able to obtain granular insights into our space utilisation and take workspace decisions with great confidence; simply based on our existing IT infrastructure!”
Identify Growth Potential
With changing the sharing ratio to 0.75 a growth potential of 150 employees witout adding square meters was identified.
Increase of space efficiency by up to 30% through identifying department needs.
Total cost savings of CHF 2.5 million through optimised utilisation and workspace insights.
Insights from Locatee Analytics
Within a short time, Locatee’s solution was rolled out across all four buildings and 28 departments. The patent-pending big data solution analyses real-time connections of employee devices such as laptops, through the existing network infrastructure. It determines which workplaces are in use at any time, thus providing workspace utilization data down to a single desk. In order to ensure employees’ privacy, the data is completely anonymized and aggregated. Identifying department demands: As such, these visualizations of utilized and vacant space across campus generated by Locatee Analytics accurately detail the workspace demands of the analyzed departments. These insights enabled Biogen to identify areas with available capacity for potential ‘collaborative’ or ‘silent’ workspaces. Furthermore, a break-down of the office utilization by department allows the real estate management to effectively communicate with department leads and have continuous conversations about each department’s space needs and utilization
Growth without adding space
Further useful insights demonstrated that including a shared desk environment and, as a result changing the desk/ employee ratio to 0.75, would allow for future potential organisational growth of up to 150 employees without having to add a single square meter of additional office space. Such an increase in the utilisation of existing workspace would allow Biogen to improve space efficiency by up to 30% and lead to costs savings. „These workplace insights prove to be very valuable for us! Locatee Analytics not only reinforced our gut feeling, but took the discussion we had within our management to a new, more objective and data-driven level. Taking decisions about space utilisation without such data can be risky, so we are very appreciative of the insights Locatee Analytics is able to provide us with,” concludes Nicole Stutz.
Setting out to improve the way cleaning services use the digital tools available
nowadays, Deloitte has successfully piloted Smart Cleaning with their facility
management service provider and were on top of that able to optimize resources
used and time spent thus leading to cost savings.
Deloitte is one of the Big Four global audit and consulting firms. They have implemented Locatee Analytics across their office buildings in Switzerland. Deloitte Switzerland has an office portfolio of 14,000 sqm for their 2,200 members of staff. They are highly invested in testing innovative real estate and facilities management practices and are showcasing them also in their consulting mandates.
Soobr is a PropTech company based in Switzerland. Their platform and application allow for optimization and demand-driven planning and execution of cleaning tours based on data and artificial intelligence.
- Deloitte and their FM service provider set out to improve organization of cleaning
processes and communication with cleaning staff distributing work more
- They have successfully piloted a new approach using the Soobr application that is
fed with real-time utilization data from Locatee Analytics.
- Their main goal was to improve processes, evidence, and communication.
- At the same time they were able to optimize cleaning routines saving resources
and consequently cost.
- All while maintaining a high cleaning standard to keep quality & hygiene
during the pandemic.
How it works?
The Corporate Real Estate and Facility Management industry alike are oftentimes put on the spot for not being at the forefront of digitization and exploiting solutions on the market. Deloitte has proven the opposite with their Smart Cleaning project.
Their FM service provider felt there was a better way to organize cleaning schedules than by paper instructions. Namely, to distribute work more dynamically, setting task priorities based on utilization information and also including a feedback functionality to report on defects.
„Our service provider now has more detailed insight into cleaning performance, and can adapt to building utilization while improving job satisfaction for their staff – a win-win situation for all.”
Early on they had tested a new planning mode by combining Locatee’s utilization heat maps and information from sensor technology in the sanitary areas to count the number of door openings, but there was still a touchpoint missing to make that information easily available to cleaning staff on the ground.
Weekly pattern overview
showing average utilization for each working hour
Floor map view
on Locatee Analytics showing utilization of different zones
That’s how Soobr came into play.
The basic application is set up with space information derived from floor plans or Raumbücher (applicable in the DACH region) and the service-level agreements for cleaning. With that, cleaning routes can be planned and cleaning personnel will get their schedule when they start their shift on a tablet app.
But in order to take it one step further and unlock the full optimization, potential usage data is required. Deloitte was able to take the utilization information for different office zones from Locatee Analytics. For enclosed rooms, utilization information was integrated into the Locatee platform from presence detection sensors that regulate air quality or taken directly from sanitary area door sensors.
off as done once they are finished.
That way, it is also possible to report on the cleaning carried out without having to fill out paper forms. Additionally in the same interface, cleaning personnel can report on necessary maintenance, such as broken light bulbs, stains on the carpet, and anything else they see, with icon buttons, thus avoiding any language barriers.
Soobr App Dashboard
The information is visible for Deloitte at any time on live dashboards. Their FM service provider also shares monthly reports on cleaning tours, duration, number of defects and the washroom usage for instance. This increased the transparency of a service that usually takes place out of office hours.
Evidence & Reporting
Besides the clear evidence for Deloitte as the customer, their FM service provider benefits from more detailed insights into cleaning performance. When reviewing cleaning routines, it became clear that repetitive, time-consuming tasks, for instance long floor areas, could be better managed by a robot. They can also plan more flexibly, for instance when reassigning tours when a member of staff is unavailable.
Cleaning Staff Satisfaction
A very compelling outcome is that employee satisfaction with cleaning staff has increased as people felt their jobs were appreciated and upgraded by the digitization as well as outcomes clearly measured. Plus, the language barrier has been removed with intuitive visualizations and a selection of supported languages. Consequently, there is very small fluctuations in staff.
„Adding another use case for the utilization data that we’re already
collecting with Locatee was a natural next step and the collaboration with Soobr stepping up our building operations.”
Taking the leap and moving to a smarter approach to cleaning has paid off for all collaboration partners. Deloitte is showcasing the service model and collaboration with peers and clients as a best practice and is also including learnings in their consulting mandates.
Efficiency & Cost Savings
Leaning on utilization data enabled cleaning services to become more efficient with less cleaning products which supports their sustainability goals. With the cost savings from reduction of time spent and materials used the first year, the project was delivered to Deloitte at no additional cost as implementation and licensing fees were effectively paid back.
It is expected that from the second year onwards savings will increase. Soobr has calculated an average saving potential of 15% across their clients depending on flexibility around cleaning schedules and also building configuration. Adding more data sources for demand-based routines will support a stronger business case.