Special Report

UNDER ONE ROOF: THE SMART OFFICE

Keppel Land Live: Thinking Unboxed

When it comes to improving workplace productivity, having the right tools is just as important as creating the right environment. For most companies, that usually involves computers, printers and other general technological utilities that facilitate an employee’s day-to-day operations.

But for Keppel Land’s employees, it’s a whole new world of technology ever since the move to their new office in Keppel Bay Tower last December 2018.

Facial recognition for secure entrances

While most companies still enable building access using physical access cards, Keppel’s new office uses a state-of-the-art facial recognition software that provides real-time access at various entry points. It allows Keppel employees to enter the office in a seamless and convenient manner without having the need to carry an access card. With a detection speed of less than half a second, the system is also able to detect multiple ethnicities despite changes in lighting, postures, facial hair, headwear, and glasses.

This sophisticated security system provides staff with more than just convenience. It allows security professionals to review actual footage and manage the organisation’s security measures quickly. In fact, this system will be implemented for the entire building, making Keppel Bay Tower the first commercial building in Singapore to have mobile, fingerprint and facial recognition as access control measures. Such a comprehensive access system offers flexibility and best-in-class technology to all the building’s tenants. The Keppel Bay Tower mobile application also allows tenants to send e-invitations to their visitors to facilitate a seamless journey.

High-tech business centre to create seamless workflow

Staff members who wish to hold meetings can book conference rooms that are equipped with the latest technology, including touch-screen TVs, automatic blinds, and mobile app integrations.

The touch-screen TVs are especially useful during presentations. Employees can interact directly with the screen to make notes. All rooms may be booked remotely using a mobile app. This is an online cloud-based, real-time system, which prevents duplicate bookings and allows others to book the rooms they need if there are any no-shows.

There are also sensors to control the lights and motorised blinds for rooms with windows.

Creating a sustainable workplace with technology

To make the new office more sustainable, smart systems were installed that help conserve energy. For example, the new A.I. lighting system can self-adjust to the number of people in the room, and photo sensors are programmed to dim the perimeter lighting when there is enough daylight.

When it comes to day-to-day operations, all work desks are equipped with fast-charging capabilities. Phone calls are made via laptops and mobile apps, and a clean-desk policy means no equipment is left switched on overnight. Photocopiers have secure features that help to reduce paper waste.

All these features enable the organisation to intelligently negotiate optimal voltage, which then helps to provide energy savings, as energy transmission is more efficient throughout the organisation.

Other new features also include the use of smart lockers, which staff can unlock remotely using a mobile app.

For Ms Surin Yeo, Assistant Manager, Human Resource, Keppel Land, one of her favourite technology improvements is the company’s new printers. She said: “The follow-me print feature is useful, as I can now print wherever I am in the office at the nearest utility area. I can also avoid wastage at times when I’ve accidentally sent a wrong file for printing as the system allows me to confirm the print only when I am physically there.”

What is your favourite technology tool in the office, and how does it help you increase your workplace productivity?

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