An article by Billy Mitchell on FedScoop.com, April 20, 2015
Focus on Mobility: GSA has found its Internet of Things program GSA Link not only saves in energy costs, but it also boosts employee productivity.
General Services Administration's Internet of Things program GSA Link was largely meant to save money and energy for the agency through smart building technology. But since it launched in 2013, GSA Link has shown value in other ways, particularly by boosting workforce productivity.
GSA Link generates a whopping 27 million data points each day from more than 13,000 sensors embedded throughout 81 GSA properties. Using analytics software, the system automates certain environmental outcomes based on given inputs. For instance if an employee reserves a conference room with GSA Link, the system will automatically start the air conditioning for that room and turn the lights on for the allotted reservation time. When the room is not in use, those systems are turned off.
While this was first and foremost a strategy to boost energy efficiency — and it did, saving at least $7 million so far — Chip Pierpont, GSA's director of facilities operations and technologies, told FedScoop GSA has realized secondary value in enabling a hoteling system that lets employees work wherever they want throughout the building, a sort of hybrid mobility rarely seen throughout federal government.
"The hoteling, the nonreserved office space, has greatly increased the efficiency and flexibility of the workforce because they can check in and work wherever is most appropriate for them."