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Siemens’ smart office platforms Comfy and Enlighted go live in the UAE

Comfy and Enlighted enables office buildings to respond intelligently to user input and environmental data

Siemens has announced that its installed IOT-enabled smart office technologies, Comfy and Enlighted in the UAE for the first time. Comfy and Enlighted are part of Siemens’ Smart Office solution offering hardware and software technologies, designed to create flexible and human-centric working spaces.

Comfy and Enlighted, together, enables office buildings to respond intelligently to user input and environmental data, using real-time analytics to adapt to the needs of employees for increased productivity and reduced costs. Siemens acquired Comfy and Enlighted mid-2018, as part of its strategy to ramp up its presence in building technology, especially IOT, as buildings are increasingly turning active assets.

Markus Strohmeier, senior executive VP of Regional Solutions and Services, Siemens Middle East said: “With Comfy we’re putting an intuitive app in the hands of employees, empowering them to personalise their office experience to suit the way they want to work. The ability to better understand how offices are used across a company’s real estate portfolio is essential for optimising space and energy use. As cities across the Middle East continue to embrace smarter, more people-focused infrastructure, Comfy and Enlighted have great potential to help shape the future of work in the region.”

According to a statement from Siemens, the Comfy app boosts employee productivity and creativity by helping office workers find and book suitable desks and meeting rooms. Comfy also allows employees to give feedback on these conditions to further personalise the workspace and to locate colleagues and navigate around the office.

Meanwhile, data that underpins this solution are collected multiple times per second by cloud-connected smart sensors from Enlighted, the conglomerate stated. Enlighted’s building IoT platform creates ‘sensory systems’ throughout the building, giving real-time insight and analytics into how the building is used, and providing location services for people and assets.

On Comfy’s partnership with Siemens, Daniel Schroeder, CEO of Comfy commented: “Our partnership with Siemens have benefitted us in two ways. First of all, as a small start-up we have limited financial ability, that’s one part, but any investor could have given that. Secondly, we have benefitted from their global reach and we now have the ability to work from any part of the world from Siemens’ offices.”

He added that the partnership has also allowed them to adopt about 80 per cent processes from Siemens, which has made Comfy’s teams faster, and that its a good platform for exchange of knowledge.

Used by Fortune 500 companies in 13 countries, Comfy enables businesses to optimise their real estate investments by giving insights into how and when office spaces are used. The suite enables office buildings to respond intelligently to user input and environmental data, using real-time analytics to adapt to the needs of employees for increased productivity and reduced costs.

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