Dexus launches high-tech workplace art installation

New ‘Brainwaves’ interactive art installation showcases workplace technology

Real estate group, Dexus has launched its ‘Brainwaves’ art installation in North Sydney, featuring wearables technology to detect brainwave activity and create an artistic visualisation of the changes projected onto the 16-metre lobby screen. The aim is to showcase how workspaces have an impact on work productivity.

Dexus chief information officer, Mark Hansen, said advancements in technologies such as robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), and augmented and virtual reality are driving adoption of new technologies in the workplace. All technology inclusions made by Dexus focus on six clear workplace themes: Safety and sustainability, well-being and productivity, and experience and connectivity.

“Employees are excited about the changes new technology can bring so it’s crucial workplaces are up-to-date and providing the best opportunities for workers,” said Hansen.

The building itself features more than 20 different technologies, such as occupancy sensors, smart lockers, a mobile app, IoT network, mobile access control, video analytics, biometrics, smart lighting, electric vehicle charging and visitor management tools. 

It also includes a virtual concierge, which provides face-to-face customer service after hours and is the first implementation in a commercial building globally, Dexus claimed. The mobile app for customers can include building information, access control, service requests and commercial transactions.

Smart locks allows touchless fingerprint readers for entry without an access card. Occupancy sensors allow real-time building and workspace management and space planning, operational efficiencies for cleaning, climate control, elevators and meeting rooms, along with security and safety assistance. IoT devices are being used to monitor space occupancy and indoor environmental conditions. 

The Brainwaves art installation also showcases the importance of well-being in the workplace. According to research undertaken by Dexus, more than 70 per cent of office decision makers recognise a great workspace has a positive impact on productivity, job satisfaction, team engagement and culture. 

Hansen noted  inspirational work environments can be a positive catalyst for organisational and cultural innovation and change and has a direct impact on employee well-being. Other improvements include access to natural light, plants, sleep/relaxation pods, flexible desk design and sit/stand desks and personal workspace temperature control.

“As organisations are increasingly focused on the importance of employee well-being to business success, they are understanding the benefits to be gained by improving their workspace," he added. "The presence of art is one small and easy change an organisation can make.”

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