Smart Modern Office Fitout Technology is Essential in Today’s Workplace

August 3, 2022
From video conferencing and touchless solutions, to automatic lights and smart lockers, commercial fitout technology is evolving rapidly. What were recently considered cutting edge luxuries, are now base expectations for modern workers. Here are some innovations to keep on your radar.

Plug and play power and connectivity

With applications, data and devices increasingly running on cloud platforms, the foundation of any new modern office fitout technology design is fast and accessible wifi, chargers and work stations across your space. Patchy connectivity and diving under tables hunting for powerpoints won’t cut it.  

The rise of hotdesking, mobile workers, collaboration and informal meetings means your team – and their guests – need to be able to drop by the office and seamlessly fire up their devices. Hybrid working is here to stay, which means flexibility and convenience are now business critical.

Always-on video conferencing 

Even today, after a few years of practice, too often setting up group video meetings involves clunky lighting, tangled cords and poor audio. Many older conference rooms are set up well for presenting to the room, but not for connecting remote and physical attendees. 

In many modern office fitouts, online team meetings becoming the norm, it is important to invest in good cameras, microphones, large screens and speakers, as well as good acoustics so you can have a seamless meeting between locations and clients. That means dedicated spaces permanently set up and ready to broadcast.

Other technology options to consider for meeting rooms include wall and ceiling mounted displays, electronic whiteboards, wireless charges for mobile devices and collaboration software so technology and space can become integrated into a modern office fitout.

Touchless solutions for hygiene and security

Modern office fit out ideas now include touchless technology, which was already on the rise, COVID-19 rapidly accelerated its take up for everything from facial recognition for employee access and touchless visitor check-in to elevators that are controlled by a smartphone app or keycard. 

Other options like sensor-activated lighting, automatic doors and even touchless bathroom basins and toilets are changing the way we design offices. 

Internet of things (IoT) and big data

There’s been much hype around IoT and big data impacting all areas of business, and office design is no different. IoT means everyday office functions such as air conditioning, lights, blinds, energy, alarms, security cameras, door locks and printers become smart devices that can be remotely managed and tracked. 

The resulting data from all these devices can then be tracked, analysed and optimised. For example smart buildings can measure and track how workers move around and how assets are being utilised to plan investments and get the most from offices, energy and equipment. 

Flexible furniture and digital signage

Innovation is changing traditional furniture too. From adjustable sit/stand desks, saddle chairs or even desk treadmills, the latest ergonomic designs promote incidental movement and good posture. And with paperless offices finally getting closer and cloud file storage taking hold, you may need less filing cabinets, printers and server rooms. 

Digital signage is also becoming popular as a tool for internal communications in staff areas, promotions in the foyers and branding. 

While it’s not possible to future-proof your space entirely, a forward-thinking design will enable you to adopt the latest technology as it comes on board to help people collaborate and connect more efficiently and streamline operations. An experienced commercial fitout company can share the latest technology ideas. 

Looking for a smart commercial fitout in Sydney? 

Whether you are installing a brand new modern office fitout or giving your current workplace an upgrade, if you are looking to create an office space that merges design with rapidly changing technology, then you’ve come to the right place. Vestra offers a complete design and construct service including technology and audio solutions. 

From concept and design to project management and construction, Vestra has been providing an integrated service for commercial interiors in and around Sydney’s CBD for more than a decade.

If you have any questions about the technology in your office fitout, get in touch with our Sydney team.


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