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Quality In, Quality Out

  • The better data you have, the more you can do.
  • Make business decisions on the best data available.
  • The better data you have, the better outcomes you will get. 

Our ability to use Utilization Technologies can provide a massive boost to the volume and granularity of the utilization data. You can use this data in the Serraview product to drive your Corporate Real Estate business goals.

The biggest impact of SVLive data is in:

  • Accurate Wayfinding - this enhances your employee experience. Use your existing Wi-Fi triangulation, desk availability, and presence awareness.
  • Insights  - gives you detailed business intelligence down to the minute per floor, per container, or per desk.
  • Space Planning - use data and statistics for the building, floor, team, or neighborhood. 
  • Evidence-based decisions - strategic decisions can be completed, at the desk level. 

We offer Enterprise-ready Utilization Technologies to empower your Corporate Real Estate team. As data-driven property teams need comprehensive data to remove assumptions and enhance their analysis, planning, and decision-making capabilities.

Commonly, Badge Swipe data is the primary source of data used in decision making for the Corporate Real Estate teams. However, this only goes to the building level and leaves a lot of questions about floorplan usage to be assumed, not answered. We can provide you the capability for desk and workstation-level precision, at near real-time accuracy. Now you can supplement your existing data with desk-level precision.

Occupancy or Utilization

Many Corporate Real Estate professionals use Space Occupancy and Space Utilization interchangeably. However, more companies are moving towards flexible workplaces (such as open office plans or activity-based workplaces). With flexible workplaces in mind, these terms are defined as:

  • Occupancy typically only describes desks or workstations, that can be allocated to departments or assigned to individuals.
  • Utilization can be used to describe any given space in your workplace, such as conference rooms, soft seating, and other communal spaces.


Corporate Real Estate teams now can ask the following question about occupancy and utilization.

Occupancy = Allocation Utilization = Data
  • Who is the desk assigned to?
  • Which team do these desks belong to?
  • How often is the desk used?
  • Is the team using their allocated desks efficiently?
  • Which meeting rooms are in use right now?
  • What's the density of working staff right now?
  • Who has an individual worked near? i.e. Contact Tracing in a COVID-19 era.

With accurate utilization data, Corporate Real Estate teams can get greater insights about how the entire workplace is used. This allows teams to make strong, evidence-based decisions about space planning, move management, workplace optimization, and more.

Utilization Data grows the value of outcomes for CRE Teams. But how?

When Corporate Real Estate teams have established the methods by which they will collect, analyze, and apply utilization data, they can move from being “order-takers” to making proactive decisions about how to optimize or right-size their workplaces.

Before tackling any of these initiatives, however, take some time to review your company goals and strategic plans to make sure you are focusing your efforts on what will have the biggest impact. 

An example of company focus could be:

  • COVID-19 Back to Work
  • Employee Experience
  • Space Management

COVID-19 Back to Work



Understand How Employees Work From Home or Work From Office

Arrange for regular analysis of your buildings to ensure that any prospective working space will be safe and suitable for returning employees.

Find out more in Regular Workplace Analysis.


Plan for Social Distancing

Ensure social distancing is being respected and attendance is not exceeding capacity that adheres to the new guidelines.

Find out more in Monitor Social Distancing and Compliance.


Contact Tracing

Assist with the contact tracing and identify areas to be cleaned.

Find out more in Contact Tracing.


Monitor the Real-Time Utilization to avoid Crowding

Leverage the SVLive technology designed to capture real-time utilization of office space within a company for monitoring social distancing and compliance.

Find out more in Monitor Social Distancing and Compliance.

Employee Experience


Employees can reserve desks 

As employees return to work, you will want to provide them with technology that will ease that transition and help enable you to enforce certain controls that will allow you to maintain safe social distance.

Find out more in Reserve a desk in the future


Check your Employee Sentiment

When needed you can use the micro-survey to ask your employees questions to find out when they are working from home and/or find out your employee sentiment. 

Find out more in Complete an Employee Audit using Micro-survey.

Space Management


Understand How Employees Work

Utilization data can show how many employees are actually in the office on average, how often they’re focusing on solo work at their desks or collaborating with others, and more. With this kind of data, CRE teams can make changes to the space to better serve employees, their work patterns and specific workplace needs.

Find out more Statistics in the Block and Stack.


“Right-Size” Office Space

The open office trend can largely be attributed to companies looking for ways to save money on real estate costs. Instead of just trying to downsize your space and fit employees into as small a footprint as possible, utilization data can help CRE teams find the right balance between releasing unnecessary space and providing a workplace where employees can be productive, collaborative, and engaged.

Find out more Rightsizing Teams in Scenario VBS.


Encourage Business Units to Evaluate their Actual Space Needs

It’s common for business units to think they understand how their space is being used or how many workstations they need. A department head might want to hang on to extra desks “just in case,” but with accurate utilization data, the CRE team can show how keeping that space may negatively impact the unit’s bottom line.


Improve Building Efficiency

For many CRE teams, a common finding once they start looking at real-time utilization data is that the times when most employees are in the office may not align with the schedules for the HVAC system. Adjusting these schedules so the AC doesn’t turn on too early, for example, can result in six- or seven figure savings annually in utility costs depending on the footprint of your building.


Evaluate Multiple Move Scenarios

Instead of spending months creating potential move plans to evaluate your portfolio options, space planning software that uses utilization data can help you create more accurate move scenarios. You can then compare the different plans, looking at everything from total costs to potential impact on employee commutes.

Find out more in Scenario Planner.


Build Stronger Business Cases

Historically, CRE teams have found business cases challenging because they relied on subjective evidence and data that wasn’t easily verifiable to make hard dollar decisions. Using validated utilization data from badge entry swipes, SVLive, sensors, and more allow you to put quantifiable assessments to items that were estimated in the past.


Transition to Flexible or Activity-Based Workspaces

With accurate utilization data, you can more easily show how a switch from 1:1 seating to 1:1.5 or even 1:2 desk to employee ratios can be successful. Instead of just relying on reported use cases, industry benchmarks or even historical
company benchmarks, you can create a transition plan that’s customized to your current workplace and employees.

Find out more in Bulk Update Tools in Scenario VBS.


Plan for Peak Utilization

If your average utilization rate is around 60%, there will still be days where the utilization rate is higher. Tracking utilization data over time will help you see trends—certain days, weeks, or months with heavier or lower utilization—so you can plan accordingly: making sure that there’s sufficient flexible or soft seating with strong Wi-Fi and outlets for laptops, for example.

Find out more in Rightsizing Teams in Scenario VBS.

Utilization Technologies

Many different sources of utilization data exist, and some are more suited to different spaces and the issues your business is looking to solve, and it is common to see a mix of technologies in used.

Some considerations when evaluating options include:

  • Precision down to a building, floor, room/space, or desk.
  • Known identity enables the individual to be identified.
  • Real-Time enables use in Wayfinding for near real time desk/room availability and person locations.
  • Coverage is the number of spaces covered by one unit.
  • Costs involved such as hardware, installation, and ongoing maintenance costs. As Hardware Sensors are quite expensive to get installed and keep maintained over their lifetime. 

Commonly used sources of utilization data include:

Utilization Technology When to use ... Level of Coverage


(Building data)

When you want to understand the people statistics at a Building Level.

When you want to track non-staff such as contractors and visitors.



Building Level Analysis



Uses the building’s existing Badge data.


(Wire data / Wi-Fi data)

When you want to understand the employee’s behaviors and suited to flexible teams or business that are transitioning to flexible (activity-based working).

When you want to understand the people statistics for a floor, neighborhood, or desk. This lets you see who (which teams) is using the floor, neighborhood, or desk.

When you want to enhance your employee experience this data can be used in Engage (or Locator).



Uses your existing infrastructure for Wired data and/or Wi-Fi data.

  • Wired data – Connection via data port on desk and detects the presence of a person at desk in near real-time.
  • Wi-Fi data – Estimation of a person’s location by analyzing the signal strengths of visible access points on your corporate network in near real-time.



No additional hardware costs, minimal client maintenance required (uses the ‘sensor’ they already have)

Would recommend to any client looking for a more complete understanding of their property portfolio.



When you want to understand the usage of non-bookable space such as break out areas or café style meeting spaces.

When you want to enhance your employee experience this data can be used in Engage.



These devices are designed to detect physical factors such as light, heat or motion to detect the presence of a person in a space or desk in near real-time.



Potentially the most expensive solution as you will need to purchase sensors and maintain them.


If you use the Sensor data with the Calendar data, then you can further understand how space are really used.

You can understand how teams use the spaces and if someone complains about not finding meeting rooms then you can investigate.

When you want to enhance your employee experience this data can be used in Engage.





Uses your existing Calendar system either Microsoft Exchange or Google Calendar.

Foundations of Quality Utilization Data

The different types of Utilization Technologies will collect data that is either presence, identity, or location. Depending on the level of collection will affect the quality of the utilization data.



Knowing the status of the device such as active or away and for how long? For example, 2 hours, 4 hours.

  • User Presence information contains the user’s status and details about their device. 


Who is using this device? Are they a resident to this floor or non-resident?

  • Identify information is collected and we have described the ways we Protect Personal Privacy in Security and Privacy Information and the SVLive Technical Overview lists the information collected.


Where is the device located at this point in time? Are they squatting/camping? Is it an overflow from another area?

  • The device's location is calculated from two data points:
    • Wi-Fi where the information is collected from the Wi-Fi access points within range of the user's computer and/or
    • Wired Network Location information that is collected from the network switches.

To truly understand this area, you need an explanation of what data is collected and to what level the data is collected from the Utilization Technologies.

Badge Coverage - Visual Example

The Badge technology collects the following data:





Limited to card swipes into a Building.

Yes Building Level Only (and we assume the resident is assigned to the desk).


SVLive Coverage - Visual Example

The SVLive technology collects the following data:

Presence Identity Location


Device level data based on device usage (Logged in, Idle, and Logged out).


Your people list is imported into Serraview during onboarding.

The username is at login is mapped to your people list.


Using Wi-Fi Triangulation or Wired (ethernet) connection to calculate location.

Down to the X, Y position on the floorplan.


Wired data comes from an ethernet connection from the desk's data port to the switch port. 


After we have wire-up the floorplan then we are able to detect activity when a person plus into a data port and then logs into their machine via SVLive Software as a Sensor.


Wi-Fi Triangulation

From the existing Wi-Fi in your organization, we can calculate an area in where a device currently resides, if it is within range of a Wi-Fi access point. Wi-Fi access points are set up in a grid pattern and the more access points to a floor, then the Wi-Fi triangulation will be more accurate. By mapping the access points to a position on a floor plan, we can calculate a position of the device based on the signal strength of each access point. 

Now we can detect activity when a person is connected to the Wi-Fi via SVLive Software as a Sensor.


Sensors Coverage - Visual Example

The Sensor technology collects the following data:

Presence Identity Location


Room or area only.

Limited vendors offer this and prone to errors. Meeting Room level and sometimes Desk Level (if there is a desk sensor).

Serraview's Utilization API can consume utilization data from physical sensors within your office environment. Common sensor types include:

  • Desk Occupancy Sensors
  • Smart Lighting Sensors


Powered by Utilization Technologies

Now let's, put this all together with the architecture. 


The following utilization technologies provides the data for the utilization reports and the wayfinding applications.

Customer Premises

SVLive Software as a Sensor is collecting utilization data from corporate-issued desktop and laptop computers from Wired or Wi-Fi and then data is then mapped to a location on your floorplans. This consists of the the following components:

Serraview Presence Service (SPS)

  • This runs on all corporate devices and turns them into Presence Sensors.
  • It needs to be deployed in your organization's SOE (Standard Operating Environment).

Switch Scanner

  • A lightweight application that detects which corporate devices are connected to network switch ports.
  • It needs to be hosted on a server within your network.
  • Technical configuration is required to allow the Switch Scanner to communicate with Switches within your network.

Client Firewall

Your firewall will need to be configured to allow SPS & the Switch Scanner to connect with our SVLive End-Point.

  • HTTPS destinations
  • MQTT destination

Serraview AWS Cloud

The SVLive AWS IoT End-Point collects and processes thousands of SVLive events. Now Serraview can store and leverage the SVLive Utilization Data in the following ways:

  • Workforce Utilization

Now you can use Insights to general powerful, compelling dashboards and reports for your projects and reporting requirements.

Use the Visual Block and Stack's utilization statistics to make informed decisions when undertaking Activity Base Planning.

  • Employee Experience

Supercharge your Wayfinding with Engage to enable your employees to find their colleagues or available desks and make your high performing workplace easier to navigate.

Make hoteling and just-in-time reservations. Quickly find an available desk or meeting room, then book it in real time or reserve it for a future date and time.