Wisdom Across the Board: Arjen Hof – FIWARE

A driving-force here at FIWARE Foundation, our MSCs are made up of entrepreneurs, academics, and technologists, all experts within their respective domains.

“The best way to grow businesses is to work together, be open about sharing best practices and knowledge.”

Meet Sensative friend Arjen Hof, founder and Director of our partner Civity. He is also a member of the FIWARE Foundation Smart Cities Mission Support Committee.

In this interview, he shares many interesting insights from his many years in the Smart City business.

The Swedish rural network

The Rural Network is a platform to gather and engage rural actors in Sweden. We are a membership based network and the members are representing various organisations and authorities which are important for the development of the activities and companies based in rural and coastal areas.

Sensative participates in two projects:

Anpassad infrastruktur med tjänstepaket för gårdens digitalisering


Automatisk kvalificering av sensordata

Work-from-home productivity pickup has tech CEOs predicting many employees will never come back to the office – MarketWatch

If you rebuild the workplace after COVID-19, will the workers ever come back?

In Silicon Valley, the answer from many tech companies is that many won’t, and maybe that’s a good thing.

In recent days, Twitter Inc. has said that employees have the option of never coming back to the office to work, while Facebook Inc., Google parent Alphabet Inc., Salesforce.com Inc., and Slack Technologies Inc.  have said they don’t expect workers back in the office until 2021 — if then.

That just may be the beginning: At least six prominent tech companies are considering permanently moving a large slice of their workforces to work-from-home status, their chief executives told MarketWatch this week.“It’s hard to not see 20% to 40% of our workforce be remote,” Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield told MarketWatch in an interview Thursday on — appropriately enough — a Zoom video call. “We need to make real-estate decisions long in advance, two to three years, and are in the speculative conversation now if we have 30%, 40% fewer desks,” Butterfield said in discussing conversations he was having with fellow Slack executives this week. “We may make the office more of a hotel.”

Sensative recommendation to property owners: You need to consider a rapidly changing market and much more flexible space requirements from your tenants. You need to adapt your spaces to make them more attractive and more productive for the tenants’ employees than working from home. Employee personalization (light, temperature, ventilation airflow, humidity, desk space, etc.) will be important. You should also consider a much more flexible use, where tenants’ needs for space (size, utilization, technology) changes constantly.

Your tenants will put a lot of requirements on you and flexibility and customer service might even over-trump location as a property value driver.

Data-driven Smart Buildings with IoT based value-added services will be the new normal.

The PropTech Solution to Aging

The vast majority of PropTech’s impact on the aging population will be implemented in private homes, assisted living communities, and senior retirement facilities. In part, landlords and facility managers should employ the latest technologies in buildings to boost care and save costs, by modernizing senior spaces with the latest innovative PropTech solutions, like smart air purifiers that can prevent respiratory issues, remote controlled blinds that helps seniors who suffer from mobility challenges, and smart thermostats that helps to prevent dehydration, which can lead to dizziness and falls. Furthermore, approximately 33 percent of seniors 65 and older slip and fall each year, and 80 percent of those falls occur in the bathroom. Senior units in buildings should include smart lighting with inbuilt smart sensors that can allow seniors to control lighting from an electronic device or even with their voice, removing the need to find bathroom and hallway light switches in the dark, in-turn, reducing the likelihood of preventable falls.

Interested in these types of solutions? Contact Sensative to discuss your ideas and learn from our projects in this area.

What the Economy Needs Now is PropTech

Landlords are about to have no choice but to use technology to get us back in their buildings. We as individuals are all about to have to make the choice about how to balance our own personal health with our desire to earn income and enjoy experiences outside our home.

If you are waiting for a national “It’s Safe To Go Back” day, it isn’t happening. At least not for a few years once scientists, officials, doctors, and epidemiologists have a vaccine, thousands of trials, and years of data on COVID’s TRUE virality and mortality rate. Your company can’t wait that long to resume business. What company can?

Your office building can’t wait that long to have you back working and grabbing coffee downstairs, a sandwich at lunch, and renewing that lease. Your shopping centers can’t wait that long to have you back enjoying long lunches, trying on clothes with the kids, and buying non-Amazon ANYTHING. They need you to come back. Now! And how do you know when it’s safe to come back, mask or not? (Hint: the answer is NOT landlords getting cheaper debt or some other financial engineering, which is somehow what passes for innovation in real estate. Financial creativity does not address building safety.)

The answer is — you won’t know. You are going to start seeing emails and marketing campaigns about why you should come back. The over-arching message will be “look how much we are doing to keep you safe.” And I’m sure you’ll get bombarded with “look how often we clean the space” by the laggards, but the market leaders know better (and so should you).

You aren’t going to defeat an invisible, resilient enemy simply through more frequent cleaning and spreading people out. Sooner or later, you just have to trust that landlords have done enough to keep your safety as a priority. And, as I hinted, no amount of financial engineering, creative leasing, or snappy press releases are going to do it . . . Just technology. Your landlord HAS to start implementing property-level technology that makes you feel safe. There is no other choice.

Source: What the Economy Needs Now is PropTech – Resources – Unissu

Ny testbädd i Lund ska skapa hållbara miljöer och bättre livskvalitet – Lunds kommun

Lunds kommun har beviljats 5,9 miljoner kronor av Vinnova för projektet ”Open Sensoring City”. Projektet ska skapa en öppen testbädd för ett realtidsstyrt samhälle. Målet: att hitta lösningar på samhällsutmaningar som rör till exempel miljö, personflöden och godstransporter. 

Projektet ska arbeta för lösningar som fokuserar på omedelbara utmaningar i allt ifrån utsläpp och fordonsflöden till säkerhet och resursoptimering. Det kan också handla om lösningar som riktar sig mot mikroflöden (gång, cykel, elsparkscyklar mm) som en del av att skapa en mer hälsosam och meningsfull livsstil i staden.

– Nu har vi möjlighet att använda den testbädd som vi byggt upp i SOM-projektet (SOM står för Smarta Offentliga Miljöer) och ta den vidare så att vi verkligen kan använda staden som en testplats, säger projektledare Anders Trana på Future by Lund. I projektet kommer vi att koppla fysiska platser till digitala – det kan handla om hur bilar, bussar, cyklar och människor rör sig i staden och att man genom att skapa realtidsdata kan styra dessa flöden genom till exempel trafikljus i korsningar och belysning.

FAKTA Lund Open Sensoring City

Projektet Lund Open Sensoring City drivs av Future by Lund och pågår från maj 2020 till 2023.

Inskrivna projektpartners är Axis Communications, Kraftringen, Lund Universitet och Mobile Heights, Sensative, Sony, Telia och Trivector. Projektet görs också i samarbete med Ericsson, Volvo Cars och u-Blox med flera.