Proptech Trends Disrupting Flexible Workspace Industry

Automation, big data, the IoT, and artificial intelligence will have the biggest short-term impact on flexible workspaces.
  • Real estate businesses are demonstrating a positive outlook towards new proptech innovations. 
  • Proptech is expected to impact the flexible workspace industry, according to new research by Instant OFfices. 
  • Automation, big data, the IoT, and artificial intelligence will have the biggest short-term impact on flexible workspaces. 

Real estate businesses are demonstrating a positive outlook towards new Proptech innovations, with the majority believing that it will disrupt the industry significantly. However this doesn’t only apply to traditional real estate; Proptech is expected to shake up the world of flexible workspace in a big way according to research by Global Workspace Provider Instant Offices.

According to a Global Proptech Survey by KPMG, real estate decision-makers predicted the Proptech trends that will have the biggest short-term impact on the real estate industry. The front-runners were:

  • Automation: 30% predict it will have the biggest impact in the industry, and 31% say their business is most likely to use it in the short term.
  • Big Data: 27% predict it will have the biggest impact in the industry, while 27% say their business is most likely to use it in the short term.
  • Internet of Things: 11% predict it will have the biggest impact in the industry, and 12% say their business is most likely to use it in the short-term.
  • Artificial Intelligence: 11% predict it will have the biggest impact in the industry, and 6% say their business is most likely to use it in the short-term.

Proptech Trends in the Flex Space

  • Automation: More day-to-day operational tasks in the workspace are becoming automated, with systems that can seamlessly manage new members, billing, mail sorting and more. This frees up the serviced office staff to focus on their clients. Automation also includes the rise of “smart building” innovations like intelligent glass windows that work to maximise natural light while reducing glare. This trend is improving the overall flow of work and the function of the workspace.
  • Big Data: Collecting and analysing data provides valuable insights for flex space operators to design smarter, more efficient workspaces that offer more of what occupiers value. Interesting to note, a whitepaper from IDC estimates that by 2025, 75% of the world’s population will interact with data on a daily basis.
  • Internet of Things: IoT-enabled devices and applications can make it much easier to manage a successful shared office space. Biometric access, smart security cameras and smart payment are just a few examples of how IoT makes the process smoother.
  • Artificial Intelligence: From augmented and virtual reality to cryptocurrency and blockchain-based smart contracts, AI applications are fast becoming the norm in the workplace of the future.

Instant Head of Marketing John Williams and Research & Insight Manager James Rankin explored in ‘How Far Behind the Curve is the Commercial Real Estate Industry?’, how changing customer attitudes and access to tech have radically transformed several industries over the last two decades. One of the major trends across the board is a shift towards service-based models, largely enabled by technology, with many industries now unrecognisable compared to their previous iterations.

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The Impact on Operators and Occupiers

Advances in Proptech are making flexible and remote working easier than ever, and there is a growing talent pool of qualified young workers looking for a more flexible approach to work. This is motivating more businesses to forego traditional long-term leases in favour of flexible space, coworking space and hot desk memberships.

These occupiers are looking for a “service experience” from their office space. It’s not just about putting a roof over their heads – it’s about putting real thought into what the occupiers want and how to deliver it. In a nutshell, the growth of Proptech is allowing flexible workspace providers to take a more customer-centric approach to their offerings.

Edward Harbinson, Corporate Marketing Manager at The Instant Group says, “Proptech and flexible workspace growth have been synonymous – they have both exploded over the last 2-3 years. Ultimately the evolution of Proptech will ensure that flexible workspaces are fully equipped to deal with current and future demand from companies of all sizes and from all sectors. With the introduction of innovative booking systems and connectivity through IoT, technology in the workplace is better than ever before.

Proptech has also seen advances in the form of automating admin tasks, improving efficiencies and also improvements in the fit-out / built environment with improved wayfinding and desk booking, adaptable furniture and advanced glazing systems – all with improved efficiency in mind.”

There is a greater emphasis on tenant experience, convenience and comfort, which is helping operators to differentiate themselves in a highly competitive market. Smart building applications and other uses of cutting-edge Proptech are helping to keep the flexible office industry ahead of the curve.

About The Instant Group

Founded in 1999, The Instant Group is a workspace innovation company that rethinks workspace on behalf of its clients injecting flexibility, reducing cost and driving enterprise performance. Instant places more than 7,000 companies a year in flexible workspace such as serviced, managed or co-working offices including Sky, Network Rail, Capita, Serco, Teleperformance, Worldpay is making it the market leader in the flexible workspace. 

Its listings’ platform Instant Offices hosts more than 12,000 flexible workspace centres across the world and is the only site of its kind to represent the global market, providing a service to FTSE 100, Fortune 500, and SME clients.  With offices in London, Newcastle, Berlin, Haifa, Dallas, New York, Miami, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Sydney, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur, The Instant Group employs 230 experts and has clients in more than 150 countries. It has recently been included in the 2018 Sunday Times’ HSBC International Track 200. For more information, visit https://www.theinstantgroup.com/.

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