As part of a programme to use the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve the working environment in its offices, Microsoft is deploying sensors that monitor CO2, lighting, noise and temperature levels.
The first offices to be kitted out with the sensors are the Luxembourg premises of Microsoft’s Global Sales, Marketing and Operations (GSMO) and Skype.
Microsoft hopes that the provision of real-time data on their working environment will enable staff to be more comfortable and productive. For example, sensors in meeting and collaboration rooms that change colour when the air quality deteriorates will enable staff to see at a glance when they should open the door and/or take a break to avoid loss of concentration.
Candi Carrera, Microsoft country manager, said: “We wanted to create the best place to work for our employees and guarantee their well-being. This is the first phase in the company’s campaign to improve its working environment through the Internet of Things (IoT). Ultimately, Microsoft wants to inspire others with this project to initiate their own digital transformations.”
Global professional services consultancy Turner & Townsend, which since 2006 has completed 54 projects worldwide for Microsoft, provided project and cost management services for the digital transformation of the tech giant’s Luxembourg offices.