For many, location is no longer the primary measure of building value.

The design features of an intelligent building embrace digital technology and go beyond aesthetics and comfort.

We see examples across the globe of how building owners have transformed their properties using smart technology, not only to the benefit of themselves, but also their tenants and occupants.

Fostering collaboration, communication, convenience and security, some of the world's most brilliant intelligent properties exceed the most common integrations.

Previously, a building management system (BMS) went as far as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). But in a rapidly evolving digital world, we are seeing modifications that add intelligence (IBMS) and empower landlords and property owners to gain a competitive edge.

The convenience factor

Isn't it a pain when, at the end of a long day, you realise you have nothing prepared for dinner? Stopping by the supermarket to then peel, chop and prepare your meal - it all seems too arduous after a long shift at the office. In most cases, a takeaway is the most attractive option.

Well, not for our increasingly health-conscious millennials, to whom convenience means more than a bucket of chicken without leaving the car.

Imagine if you could choose your evening meal before you left the office, and have fresh ingredients delivered to you at the end of the day? At Deloitte, located at The Edge, in Amsterdam, you can do just that. Smart screens allow employees to select from a menu of healthy meals, complete with recipe guidance and ingredient lists.


Collaboration is at the centre of our new working culture. Thanks to audiovisual technology and cloud computing, hot-desking facilities and co-working spaces are an everyday normality in intelligent spaces. In a world where communication is dominated by email, and online messaging, we often take face-to-face interaction for granted, but it's a tool employed by those who wish to foster a more collaborative environment.

Globe-trotters by nature, millennials expect to be connected wherever they are through digital technology. And if businesses want to attract the best talent, this must be considered when choosing your working space. Can workers seamlessly connect and collaborate with peers and colleagues in other locations?

Millennials want a culture of collaboration at work, and it can be argued that collaboration promotes and stimulates creativity. So, to ensure the working environment is conducive to heightened levels of collaboration is a priority for most business leaders.


A smart building is a secure building. Thanks to enhanced tracking software, wearable devices, and access control, the building is continuously aware of the whereabouts of employees, and in control of access.

CCTV, number plate recognition and even facial recognition enhance security measures and can be installed throughout the property. This is an attractive feature for business leaders looking to promote not only the physical wellbeing, but physical security of their workforce.

With detection and video analysis, areas of heightened risk can be monitored remotely. And, a smart building can use artificial intelligence to make decisions when security and safety are compromised. For example, alerting operators of an incident, or confining an unidentified occupant into one area of the building. With these kind of facilities, fire safety is also improved: emergency services can be alterted or extinguishers can be remotely operated when certain gases are detected.

For building landlords, intelligent building management systems are set to be one of the most coveted solutions for increasing building desirability, sustainability and value. They also attract higher quality tenants who are more likely to remain loyal to the building as well as their landlord.

These are just some of the ways that making a building intelligent can provide more value for everyone involved. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the topic!  

Topics: Culture, Future Technology, Workplace Technologists

Rob Evans

Written by Rob Evans