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Herman Miller, HP Team Up To Count Seats, Save Space

Herman Miller, HP Team Up To Count Seats, Save Space

Design firm Herman Miller based in Zeeland, Mich. collaborated with Hewlett-Packard Co. to answer a basic question in corporate workplace strategy: How is our real estate being used? The recently developed Space Utilization Service, which includes sensing technology, software and consulting services, collects data that shows how often a workplace is used. Wireless motion sensors attached to the base of chairs in a workspace reveal to researchers which seats are being used and when. The company can then analyze which types of workers use the space and determine whether there is a more efficient solution. HP has no commercial revenue or license stake in the sensors; Herman Miller owns the design and intellectual property rights. The collected data can help reduce underused space. For some large companies, the findings could mean eliminating millions of square feet — entire buildings in some cases — saving purchase or leasing and maintenance costs, and reducing unnecessary energy consumption.

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