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  • Making the Case for Change Using WiFi

    In a way, 2021 is the year for everyone to start fresh. Not long ago, executives were focused on finding ways to reduce their real estate footprint, and/or grow headcount within it. Now, business leaders have the opportunity to embark on a thoughtful pivot to create flexible spaces that will boost productivity, ensure safety, and serve the needs of employees. 
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  • InnerSpace Metrics: People Overview

    Data captured by our leading WiFi-based indoor location platform enables companies to take advantage of their two greatest resources: people and property. Beginning now in this series of posts, we will explore each powerful metric available through InnerSpace’s technology that business leaders can analyze and leverage to affect meaningful change.
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  • Occupancy data: just one piece of the puzzle

    As the future of work evolves, so too does the role the office will play and this raises questions critical to its evolution:  How much office space is needed? How should it be designed? What is the purpose of the office? How can it help improve culture, communication and productivity? How will it serve my company’s growth?
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  • Return To The Office: The Timeline To Expect… And Prepare For

    We’ve previously explored why an all-or-nothing work-from-home strategy isn’t realistic for the future of work. The reasons are many: employees are fatigued, boundaries around work hours are blurred, culture is suffering, and productivity has taken a hit.
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  • The Return to Work: 5 Key Factors When Choosing Indoor Location Technology

    Whether an office has already re-opened, is planning to re-open, or never fully closed during the COVID-19 crisis, each business shares two common goals: 1) keep employees and visitors safe; 2) keep the doors open. 
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  • In a Post-COVID World: How Will I Know If I Am At Risk At Work?

    A popular question as we think about going back to the office is: how will I know if someone I work with has been infected? For the executive team, the question becomes: how do I avoid shutting down my business should one of my employees become ill?
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  • How To Make Offices Safe, Efficient and Profitable in a Post-COVID World (Part Two)

    This is the second article in a three-part series exploring what lays on the other side of COVID-19 for businesses. Click here to read part 1 
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  • WiFi: Powering Today’s Smart Buildings… and Tomorrow’s Smart Cities 

    Throughout the evolution of corporate America, buildings didn’t tend to inspire much outside the ordinary. Apart from the shifting designs that reshaped cityscapes over the years, inside those buildings, the systems remained more or less the same. One decade after the next. 
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  • Satisfaction Scores: The Next Frontier in Efficient Space

    Satisfaction in any company’s product or service often boils down to one key factor: ensuring an excellent experience. Looking after all the details that lead to happy people –  while simultaneously managing deliverables and operating costs – is both tricky and critical to a company’s success. Yet knowing what and where to tweak and improve can be difficult to discern on a day-to-day basis – and relying on customer feedback alone can prolong percolating issues, or be misleading altogether.
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  • Preparing Indoor Location for Rapid Adoption

    Tech titans like Google and Apple have made significant investments in mapping and navigation. They’ve taken their expertise in location data and started applying its value to the indoors. And over the last few years a number of startups have emerged to provide insights around indoor location data - primarily in retail. All claiming to have built breakthrough solutions. But yet, indoor data isn’t ubiquitous. Adoption of indoor location to create Smart Buildings remains highly customized and consultative. 
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  • Flexible working – is it right for your company?

    Raj decides that today he’d like to work in the west wing of the office – it’s quieter so he can focus on a major report that’s due. Tomorrow, he plans to work near the cafe for his brainstorm session, taking advantage of the camaraderie that tends to percolate there. Later in the week, he’ll telecommute from the road while visiting clients in communities across the region.
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  • Smart buildings are getting smarter

    Indoor location data and IoT applications are revolutionizing how commercial real estate is managed to reduce operating costs and improve tenant experiences. The “smart buildings” of a decade ago look practically antique when compared to commercial real estate today. In the past, networked HVAC systems and single-building management systems helped lower operating costs. It was about being “green.” But nowadays, building managers and tenants expect more value from facilities management solutions.
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  • Indoor Location Technology Evolving Beyond "GPS"

    Location-based technology has played a vital role in changing the way we operate. With Google Maps and Waze, the days of people walking or driving around with paper maps are almost gone. People can travel to a foreign place or country with fewer worries about getting lost. New customers can find businesses and services anywhere in the world. Furthermore, location mapping has helped create new business models like Uber, Tinder and Pokemon Go.
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  • Indoor Location is for More than Retail

    You could think about labor and real estate as your highest business costs. Or, you could think of them as your biggest assets. Indoor location can unlock that potential to improve your operations and create new products and services. 
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  • A Modern Way to Improve Food Services

    What’s the first thing you picture when you hear the words “campus dining?” For many, the answer is long line-ups and bland food.
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  • Mapping Offices: A New Frontier for Commercial Real Estate

    For any company, committing to an office space is a big decision. The selection and design process demands a lot from incoming tenants. Luckily, recent innovation can simplify the steps involved.
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  • 3 Ways Indoor Maps are Creating Warehouses of the Future

    The demand for warehouse space has exploded in recent years as eCommerce continues to grow. But it's not just about the space. Customer expectations have evolved, which means warehouses need to operate more efficiently and extend services that reflect the customer journey. Often, this means embracing innovation and establishing new processes quickly.
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  • How Indoor Mapping Creates More Efficient, Empathetic Hospitals

    In 1998, a group of healthcare professionals stood in front of a map of the hospital where they worked. They unspooled a ball of blue yarn, and used it to trace the path that a typical cancer patient would take to receive chemotherapy.
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  • Our Top 5 Favourite Tech Innovations in CRE

    InnerSpace showcased the future of commercial real estate technology with other industry leaders during the CRETech New York symposium this past Thursday evening. Event host CRETech is a information firm committed to being the best source of emerging and innovative commercial real estate technology. Over 30 technology firms attended the event hosted at One World Trade Centre, 63 floors above beautiful New York City.
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  • The office of the future: the tech is already here

    The saying ‘work is something you do, rather than a place you go’ is ringing increasingly true for many of us, particularly for those who work in office-based roles in the service sector. In fact, research by the TUC based on ONS data suggests that 4.2 million of us, or 13.7% of the workforce, now regularly work from home and another 1.8 million people would like to do so given the opportunity.
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