Workery+’s three floors are in a six-floor building from the 1920s’ of which the other three host traditional office space. Workery+ business premises offer conference, meeting rooms and services that are the extension of conventional office space.
A need for more efficient use of business facilities
Thanks to the long history in commercial building construction, YIT saw that work-life was changing. There was a need for investors and builders to use business facilities more efficiently. While the Corona pandemic forced everyone to rethink their professional life, the signs of a disruptive way of working were already there before:
“Certainly the Corona pandemic accelerated the speed by which real estate developments had to come up with innovative and smart ways to use office space. Coworking spaces and meeting rooms outside the traditional office had started to surface already”, says Juha-Matti Virkkula, responsible for digital construction solutions at YIT.
“We had in mind to create something truly innovative, new, and amazing. I was part of the team thinking about what digital solutions we could use to fulfill the smart building concept, and how to use technology to our advantage. The great thing is that we have many great companies in Finland that we can collaborate with, professional and knowledgeable”.
Bitwards solution granting access to the smart office
Workery+ was looking for an ‘all-in-one’ application that clients could use to access the building and its services. The remodeled building had locks from Stanley, which uses the Bitwards smart mobile access solution. YIT viewed the Bitwards app and its features as the one suiting their needs.
“We wanted our clients to use the app to move freely in the building. Come in by opening the main door independently and to access the meeting rooms easily. It had to be a functional, and efficient app to allow access to our clients, wherever they needed to be.”
The Bitwards smart mobile access solution was the answer to what Workery+ was looking for. Now it is integrated into the W+, the app at Workery+ covering all the business needs of their clientele. For instance, W+ allows the timely booking of meeting rooms or coworking spaces, information about social events in the building, or lunch menus.
Future of coworking spaces in the making
Bitwards offers an innovative way to access business facilities. Hundreds of people access Workery+ smart office safely and securely daily, promoting better working conditions by optimizing the use of coworking space. Hybrid work will be the way for the future.
Companies do not need to rent huge offices and absorb exorbitant rental costs, and coworking spaces allow even small companies to be able to start up their businesses. Smart technology allows to serve better all stakeholders involved, be it building administrators, builders, investors, and ultimately, clients.
“Clients can constantly give us feedback on what features could be useful and how they can optimize the time they spend at work, leaving time for social interaction, which we consider very important. At Workery+ we organize internal events to that end as well. The app’s features now are in response to that ever-developing information we gather. It’s like a living lab, as the data we gather serves us to further develop the real estate sector”, concludes Juha-Matti.