Evalan contributed to the development of a state-of-the-art Head Office for Unilever in the US. The office, based in Englewood Cliffs, represents the workplace of the future, with open and shared spaces connected by sensors giving insight into the use of each floor. The Head Office was opened in 2018. Evalan manages the data and will add new functions to the sensor-system.
Sustainable energy, user efficiency and service optimization
Since 2015 Evalan, together with partners such as Edge Technologies, developed a smart building sensor-system to help sustainable energy consumption, user efficiency and service optimization. The sensor-system, also known as bGrid, is a wireless Bluetooth-system that collects data from the building and controls lights. Evalan delivered the bGrid-system to Unilever and implemented 15.000 sensors in the 325.000-square-foot building. The sensor-system allows building operators to optimize the use of each space based on real-time data. The Bluetooth-system interacts with a mobile app and users of the app can personalize the lighting and find empty work areas and meeting rooms.
‘Working in a very agile way’
In 2018, the implementation of the smart infrastructure in the building was realized. Now, Evalan helps Unilever to manage the system and to realize additional functions for the building. Ian Dunning, Workplace Director of Unilever North America, addresses the smart infrastructure and the efficiency it brings about: “For me probably the most unique feature in this building is the smart technology. We have about 3.500 devices around the building. They interact with your mobile phone and the application on it; you can be found, you can find colleagues and that really drives a new way of working, with people working in a very very agile way”.
Monitoring workspace occupation is one of the new functions that will be developed in 2019. It detects people in a workspace, to determine whether the space is available or occupied. The system also recognizes whether there are any personal belongings in the workspace to indicate that the person has temporarily left the workspace but is still using it. For Unilever this will provide real-time insight into the actual use of each workspace.