Smart Buildings

How Far Are We Willing To Go For Greater Workplace Productivity?

Last week we discussed 32M, a Wisconsin based firm who are encouraging employees to have RFID chips implanted in their hands for enhanced purchasing and access control. This kind of development is just the latest part of the ongoing trend to add sensors and connected technology to every element of our increasingly smart workplaces. “Chipping employees is, perhaps, simply a next step in the technology’s advancement in streamlining efficiencies according to workplace needs, behaviors and tendencies without the hassle of haggling with a digital device. Talk about taking a company’s workplace strategy to the next level,” says Scott Spector, columnist for the Commercial Observer. In the same way an office building may monitor the coffee machine and the elevator in order to track functionality and preempt maintenance, an implant and employee monitoring sensors could be used for similar purposes. When an employee’s productivity dips, all the information on that employee and the office environment could […]

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