Spacewell: IWMS+ Smart Comfort


Turning Comfort Monitoring into Action

By Nicole Weygandt, Ph.D.

One consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a surge in interest in air quality and comfort monitoring. With employees worried about possible viral exposure in the office, better understanding and communication about environmental conditions is becoming a key part of reassurance strategies.

Likewise, many companies are investing in improvements in HVAC and filtering systems to reduce the risk of circulating the virus. As in the previous cases discussed in this series, IWMS+ brings together the monitoring capabilities of smart building systems with the practical side of the IWMS…

Why Air Quality Matters

The benefits of good air quality seem apparent in the light of a public health crisis, but even before the COVID-19 outbreak there was growing recognition that healthy buildings lead to positive outcomes for users and owners alike…

This research suggests that there is significant value in investing in monitoring and maintaining comfort and air quality in office buildings. IWMS+, while not a stand-alone solution for this use case, can play an important part in delivering a healthier, better office environment…

Long-Term Benefits

While the IWMS plays a less visible role in the IWMS+ equation around comfort and air quality than in some of the other use cases that we’ve discussed, we can only unlock the value of monitoring when data lead to action. Particularly when it comes to user health and comfort, we don’t want to stop at merely diagnosing a problem, we want to ensure that the right person will be informed and will take steps to resolve it.

This post is Part 6 of an ongoing series on IWMS+. Earlier posts introduced the concept of IWMS+ and a range of smart building topics…

[Admin: This post is related to the 08.01.16 post about the CAFM, CMMS, EAM, and IWMS competitors of IBM TRIRIGA, and the 08.17.20 post about using IWMS+ to optimize room reservations. To see other related posts, use the IWMS+ tag.]

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IWMS+: Greater than the Sum of Its Parts

By Nicole Weygandt, Ph.D.

In our article, we refer to IWMS+ as “the software backbone of the future.” IWMS+ combines the power of an integrated workplace management system (IWMS) with Smart Buildings technology in a way that augments both of those distinct software categories…

IWMS+ technology integrates the two software platforms to make the IWMS function smarter and lets the Smart Buildings solution drive greater behavioral changes and other performance improvements. The result, we argue, is that IWMS+ is greater than the sum of its parts.

Why is this the case? Because both types of software platforms thrive on high-quality data, whether that’s IoT sensor data or embedded BIM/rich asset data. By integrating across the two systems, IWMS+ is able to access more high-quality, real-time data than either system would be able to do individually and deliver those insights across business silos and user types.

Effectively, an IWMS+ is a type of digital twin for workplaces…

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How does IBM TRIRIGA fit as a part of IBM Watson Works?


Give your employees the confidence to return to work

As we plan for the return back, how we manage our buildings and our spaces, and how people engage with that space, is critical. IBM can help. With IBM TRIRIGA as part of Watson Works, you can create safer spaces, focus on occupant well-being, and control costs. You can consolidate essential information into a “single source of truth” to make faster, more confident decisions and adapt to any circumstance.

Key benefits:

  • AI-driven insights to ensure dynamic space planning
  • A safer environment that considers new protocols and processes
  • Improved efficiency and reduced operating costs
  • Easy access to enterprise-wide data for critical space decisions
  • On-time, on-budget projects

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What is IBM’s Watson Works?

By N.F. Mendoza

Watson Works is a new curated set of workplace products from IBM that embeds Watson artificial intelligence (AI) into the return-to-workplace issues that the enterprise must overcome in order to figure out when to safely send employees back to the office. Some of the key items that the models and applications will address include space allocation and facilities management, which are essential in a post-COVID-19 pandemic environment.

With Watson already in play, IBM began to look at its underlying product technology to extend the scope of artificial intelligence. When the pandemic sent employees to work from home, “we began to focus on how we could bring these together,” said Kareem Yusuf, general manager of AI applications at IBM…

One of the many safety issues to consider when planning the return to the workplace post pandemic is occupancy monitoring, which ensures social distancing amongst co-workers, Yusuf said. IBM started with “lightweight things like existing Wi-Fi,” and contemplated how “to build those instrumentations. That was a starting point. Now flip that into the COVID era.” With location detection already available, IBM knew it applied to how employers had to consider certain levels of occupancy, and apply the same logic to social distancing, he said…

[Admin: This post is related to the 06.25.20 post about workplace strategies for safety that you can use today.]

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