• Vinod Bijlani

Covid Free Office Space

Updated: May 5

Prior to Covid-19, the overwhelming focus for Smart Building architecture was on achieving maximum utilization of space and optimization of power consumption. Statistics showed that on average, as much as 40% of space was being under-utilized and 30% of electrical consumption was being wasted. It was imperative to “eliminate” such wastage. In stark contrast, the post-Covid era calls for radically different optimisation models, designed and calibrated for social distancing. Counter-intuitive as it may seem, designated empty spaces, such as alternate seating arrangements and expanded waiting lines, must now be planned in advance and integrated with critical accuracy. Vacancy is no longer a failure to occupy, but a life-preserving necessity. The archaic, commercial desire to maximize occupancy should and must take a back seat, and give rise to safer and more spacious offices, schools, malls and public venues.


Here’s how a Covid-free office space would look like.

The detailed article was published in Business Times on 6th August 2020 - https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/opinion/smart-buildings-in-a-covid-free-world


Author: Bijlani Vinod Anand is a thought leader in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Internet-of-Things. He has contributed to the design and implementation of Smart City projects, and established intelligent public transportation and traffic ecosystems in India, Singapore, and the US. Vinod is a distinguished inventor with multiple patents in advanced technologies. He envisions a radically safer, healthier and more sustainable planet with the advent of Industry 4.0. For more details on Vinod’s professional background, please refer to his LinkedIn profile page at https://www.linkedin.com/in/vinodbijlani


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