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    8 February 2018
    A new tech innovation has reopened the debate about how much it is acceptable to track people’s movements in the workplace.
    Most of us already have entry cards that enable us to ‘check in’ at work, but tech start-up, Unifi.id, has now developed a system which continues to track you as you move around your office environment.
    The new smartcards use a long-range version of Radio Frequency Identification chips which bounce signals between smart cards and data sensors positioned throughout a building. 

    Contemporary office buildings still face challenges including unauthorised entries, impersonal front-of-house service, lack of synchronicity between decentralised premises and poor visitor management. All of these can pose a threat not only to security, but also make a workplace less efficient and easy to occupy.

    While some of us might feel slightly uneasy about the technology allows ‘real-time monitoring of employees in all building locations and floors’, it’s also hard to deny that in the event of a fire or other life-threatening incident, there’s an obvious safety and security benefit of knowing exactly where everyone is located in a building.

    There may also be a contingent benefit in terms of better understanding how a building is ‘living’ from day to day. Greater insights into the patterns of a building’s use are also of great value in terms of working with owners to help plan the maintenance and effective operation of buildings.

    So whilst the knee-jerk reflex to these sorts of tracking systems may be to invoke images of ‘Big Brother is watching you’, they are actually more likely to benefit both the occupiers and owners of a building.


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    Investment Property Management 
    Rachael is leading Colliers’ WorkLife service which focuses on customer experience incorporating wellbeing, proptech and the delivery of the property management of multi-let office buildings