ISS A/S, parent company of ISS Facility Services, has opened its new Future of Work Innovation Lab in Porto, Portugal.
The new facility, also known internally as “The Place,” is currently home to 43 dedicated technology and software specialists.
ISS plans to increase the number of specialists at the Porto property to 65 by the end of the year.
According to the company, the new lab will foster a data-driven culture within ISS as it is fully equipped with internet of things (IoT) sensors that capture a wide range of metrics, such as employee movement, temperature, and humidity.
“By consolidating the development and exploration of workplace technology in one location, we are taking a significant step towards becoming a technology leader in our industry,” said Markus Sontheimer, ISS chief information and digital officer.
“We intend to use the Future of Work Innovation Lab to develop solutions that will enhance the workplace experience of the future—in close collaboration with our customers and partners.”
Stella Alamil, Managing Director, ISS Tech Centre Porto, said ISS will use the site as a test office for new technology and assess how it would influence future office designs.
“Understanding and managing comfort metrics, such as air quality, is crucial because they have an impact on people and energy consumption. By leveraging our own smart tech ecosystem, we can provide our customers with a 360-degree view of their buildings and how this impacts employee well-being. By doing so, we can showcase the benefits that technology has on people, workplaces, and the planet.”
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