Utility Boosts Meeting Space Occupancy With Planon’s IoT Platform

Dutch water utility Waterschap Zuiderzeeland uses zone sensors to improve meeting room occupancy.

Waterschap Zuiderzeeland, a Dutch water utility organization, has achieved better occupancy of its meeting space and an improved room-booking process after completing a pilot of the Planon IoT platform. Waterschap Zuiderzeeland manages the water, dikes, and wastewater processing plants in Flevoland, a province created from “reclaimed” land by draining water from the former Zuiderzee Bay. Striving for sustainable water management, this government organization ensures a safe environment for both residents and businesses. Its operating area covers a surface of 370,000 acres of land, surrounded by more than 138 miles of dikes.

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After extensive rebuilding, the utility’s updated and energy-neutral headquarters was reopened in 2017. Under the motto “Working Better Together” the building now serves as a professional meeting place for colleagues and partners, with flexible workplaces for everyone. As part of the renovation project, Waterschap Zuiderzeeland installed zone sensors in the headquarters. All bookable meeting rooms are now equipped with a Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor, which communicates the current status of the space — either occupied or free — in real-time with the Planon software.

“Using this technology has let us monitor space availability better. If a workspace is not used at a time when it has actually been booked, it is released automatically, giving staff much easier access to meeting rooms,” said Janneke Eerens, Environmental Manager with Waterschap Zuiderzeeland.

The IoT platform is just one element of Planon’s Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS). This software supports efficiency improvements and cost reductions in operational processes, as well as continuous innovation to increase workplace productivity and employee satisfaction.

Read the full Waterschap Zuiderzeeland case study on the Planon website.