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SEVENTY-FIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO INTEGRATE INTO WORKSPACE INTERIOR DESIGN

Updated: Aug 26, 2023

Nowadays, technologies can enhance various aspects of the workspace, such as collaboration, communication, productivity, security, and sustainability.


It's essential to keep in mind that not all available technologies may be suitable for all workspaces, and it's important to consider the specific needs and requirements of a particular organization when deciding which technologies to implement.



1. Smart lighting: Lighting systems that can be controlled via a smartphone or other device to adjust brightness and colour temperature for different times of day, activities, or to match the mood.


2. Automated shading: Window shades or blinds that can be controlled via a smartphone or other device to adjust for natural light and temperature.

3. Automated climate control: Heating and cooling systems that can be controlled via a smartphone or other device to maintain a comfortable temperature.

4. Indoor air quality monitoring: Sensors and devices that can monitor and track air quality, humidity, and temperature in the workspace and adjust systems accordingly to improve overall indoor air quality.


5. Digital signage: Interactive displays that can be used to share information, such as news, weather, or company updates, as well as to promote collaboration and communication among employees.


6. Wireless charging stations: Stations that can charge multiple devices at once, eliminating the need for cords and outlets.


7. Voice-activated technology: Systems that can be controlled via voice commands, allowing for hands-free operation of various functions and devices.


8. Health and wellness monitoring: Wearable devices or sensors that can monitor employee health and wellness, such as activity levels, heart rate, and sleep patterns.



9. Interactive whiteboards: Large touch-sensitive displays that can be used for brainstorming, presentations, and collaboration among team members.


10. Video conferencing technology: Systems that allow for remote communication and collaboration among employees, regardless of location.


11. Keyless entry systems: Smart locks or other keyless entry systems that can be controlled via a smartphone or other device, allowing for easy access to the workspace.


12. AI-powered virtual assistants: AI-powered virtual assistants can be integrated into the workspace to assist with scheduling, communication, and other tasks.


13. Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations: Stations that can charge EV vehicles, which encourages more employees to use more environment-friendly transportation.


14. Energy-efficient appliances: Incorporating energy-efficient appliances such as LED lighting, Energy Star-certified computers, and other devices that can reduce the energy consumption of the workspace.


15. Internet of Things (IoT) technology: Incorporating IoT technology to connect various devices and systems within the workspace, such as lights, temperature control, and security systems, for easy monitoring and control.


16. Virtual and augmented reality technology: Developing VR/AR applications for design visualization, training, and remote collaboration, such as virtual walkthroughs of proposed building designs.



17. Wireless networks: Implementing wireless networks, such as Wi-Fi 6, which provides faster speeds and increased capacity, to support the growing number of devices and applications in the workspace.


18. Security cameras: Installing security cameras to ensure the security of the workspace and to deter criminal activity or monitor employee activity.


19. Employee engagement and feedback systems: Incorporating systems that gather employee feedback and engagement, such as pulse surveys, to improve the workplace.


20. Audio-video conferencing: Installing audio-video conferencing systems that allow for seamless communication and collaboration among employees, regardless of location.


21. Space management software: Implementing software that can track occupancy, usage, and booking of various spaces within the workspace, such as conference rooms or workspaces, to improve space utilization.


22. 5G networks: Implementing 5G networks that provide faster download and upload speeds and low latency, which enables new use cases like IoT, AR/VR, teleoperation, and automation.


23. Adaptive workstations: workstations that can adjust to suit different users' needs and preferences through automated systems or manual adjustments.


24. Digital Wayfinding: digital signs and kiosks that can guide employees and visitors throughout the office space.


25. Access control systems: systems that can control and restrict access to certain areas of the office using a variety of methods like key cards, facial recognition or fingerprints.


26. 3D printing: Incorporating 3D printing into the design process, allowing for faster prototyping, low-volume production, and customization of workspace-related materials.


27. Interactive walls: Walls that can be turned into interactive displays or touchscreens to be used for presentations, information displays, or other purposes.



28. Mindful spaces: dedicated spaces for meditation, yoga or other mental wellness activities, which can also be used for workshops and training sessions.


29. Sensors and trackers: Incorporating sensors and trackers in the office environment to monitor and analyse various aspects of the office like temperature, occupancy, and lighting levels.


30. Advanced ergonomic design: Implementing ergonomic design that adjusts to the user's posture and movements for better comfort and productivity.


31. Virtual concierge: Incorporating AI-based virtual concierge services that can assist with various tasks like scheduling and providing information.


32. Co-creation spaces: Creating spaces for employees to collaborate, brainstorm, and prototype new ideas together.


33. Pop-up workspaces: Temporary workspaces that can be set up quickly and easily for short-term projects or events.


34. Virtual reality meeting rooms: Incorporating virtual reality technology to create immersive and interactive meeting rooms, which allows team members to meet and collaborate in a virtual environment, regardless of their physical location (Metaverse).


35. Ambient noise masking: Incorporating technology that masks background noise and creates a more comfortable acoustic environment for employees to work in.


36. Power over Ethernet (PoE): PoE-enabled devices are powered through an Ethernet cable, which reduces the need for additional power outlets.


37. Smart plants: Incorporating plants with IoT technology, which monitors the plants' health and provides data for optimal care, and also improves the air quality in the workspace


38. Social distancing technology: Incorporating technology such as thermal cameras, facial recognition, and floor sensors to ensure compliance with social distancing guidelines.


39. Automated sanitization: Incorporating UV sanitization technology and other automated cleaning methods to reduce the spread of germs and keep the workspace clean.

40. Modular and demountable walls: Incorporating modular and demountable walls to easily reconfigure the workspace, depending on the needs of the organization.


41. Smart lockers: Incorporating smart lockers that can be accessed through a mobile app or other digital means to improve security and convenience for employees.




42. Automated document management: Incorporating automated document management systems that can scan, store, and retrieve documents electronically, allowing employees to access information quickly and easily.


43. Smart elevators: Incorporating technology that allows employees to reserve elevators or elevator banks or automatically routes them to the most efficient elevator based on occupancy levels.


44. Smart parking: Incorporating technology that allows employees to reserve parking spots or guides them to available spots and also facilitates contactless payments for parking fees.


45. Personalized workspaces: Incorporating technology that allows employees to personalize their workspaces with different settings for lighting, temperature, and other environmental factors.


46. Intelligent time tracking: Incorporating time tracking software that allows employees to track their time, billable hours and expenses, which can help to improve productivity and accuracy.


47. Virtual office tours: Incorporating virtual tours that allow prospective employees or clients to explore the office space and get a feel for the company culture before visiting in person.


48. Smart plugs and outlets: Incorporating smart plugs and outlets that can be controlled remotely to turn appliances on or off, monitor energy consumption, and schedule power usage.


49. Remote monitoring: Incorporating remote monitoring systems that allow building managers and employees to monitor and control various aspects of the office space, such as temperature, lighting, and security, from a central location.


50. Advanced air filtration: Incorporating advanced air filtration systems, such as UV-C light and HEPA filters, that can remove pollutants and improve indoor air quality.


51. Micro-learning: Incorporating micro-learning technology that breaks down learning content into small, manageable chunks and delivers it in multiple formats such as videos, audio, games and quizzes.


52. Interactive flooring and ceilings: Incorporating interactive flooring and ceilings that can display information, change colours, or provide other visual effects.


53. Automated waste management: Incorporating automated waste management systems that can sort and separate waste, reducing the need for manual sorting and making it easier for employees to recycle.


54. Advanced security systems: Incorporating advanced security systems, such as biometric scanners and facial recognition technology, to improve the security of the workspace and protect sensitive information.


55. Virtual reality employee onboarding: Incorporating virtual reality technology to provide a more engaging and realistic onboarding experience for new employees.



56. Sensory design: Incorporating sensory design elements such as lighting, colour, sound and scent to create a more pleasant and stimulating environment for employees.

57. Wireless charging furniture: Furniture with integrated wireless charging pads for devices, such as desks with built-in wireless charging pads for smartphones.

58. Smart mirrors: Interactive mirrors that can display information, such as weather, news, and other data, as well as allow users to control various devices and functions.


59. Biometric security: Security systems that use biometric data, such as fingerprints or facial recognition, to restrict access to the workspace.


60. Wearable technology: Advancements in wearables such as smart glasses, smart gloves and other devices that can be used for various tasks like taking notes, giving commands, or sending messages.

61. Zero-energy buildings and spaces: Incorporating technologies and systems that will help to make the building self-sufficient and produce more energy than it consumes.


62. Smart windows: Windows that can adjust their transparency, tint, and UV-blocking properties according to external conditions and user preferences.


63. Acoustic panelling: Sound-absorbing panelling that can be installed on walls or ceilings to reduce echo and improve overall sound quality in the workspace.


64. Biophilic design: Incorporating elements of nature, such as plants, natural light, and natural materials, into the design of the workspace.


65. Wellness features: Amenities like standing desks, yoga rooms, or meditation areas that promote physical and mental well-being.


66. Flexible workspaces: Hot Desking, Co-working, and Remote working infrastructure to match the current demands of a dynamic workforce.


67. Bring your own device (BYOD) infrastructure: provision for employees to use their own personal devices for work-related activities.


68. Gamification of workspaces: Use of interactive and game-based design features to create a fun, engaging environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and collaboration.


69. Sustainable design: Using environmentally friendly materials and implementing energy-efficient systems to reduce the environmental impact of the workspace.



Additional ideas which will integrate in the near future:


70. Holographic technology: Holographic displays that can be used for remote collaboration, presentations, and other work-related activities.


71. Quantum computing: Incorporating quantum computing capabilities into the workspace for advanced data processing, simulations, and modelling.


72. Self-cleaning surfaces: surfaces that can actively clean themselves using UV light or other methods, reducing the need for manual cleaning.


73. Carbon capture systems: Technology that can capture and store carbon dioxide to reduce the carbon footprint of the workspace.


74. Human-centred robotics: Robotics technology that can help with tasks such as cleaning, maintenance, and security but also prioritize human comfort and safety.


75. Nanotechnology: Incorporating nanotechnology into the design and construction of the workspace to improve durability, energy efficiency, and other properties of materials.


We need to keep in mind that it's important to evaluate the cost, benefits, and potential impact on employees when considering the integration of these new technologies and ideas into your workspace. It's also important to take into consideration the organization's goals, as well as any scalability, needs in the future.


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