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The truth about emerging workplace technologies – and the ‘Internet of Things’

November 13, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

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Hosted by Workplace FABRIC, ACA Projects, Ascentae and London & Partners

About the Event

It’s easy to become ‘wowed’ by the white-hot talk of the IT industry…. but what is the truth about emerging technologies for managing the modern workplace?

The technology sector is a multi-billion-dollar business, and IT companies are throwing millions of dollars at convincing workplace leaders to spend their organisations hard earned cash on new systems and devices? So it’s easy to be confused.

Join Raj Krishnamurthy, CEO Workplace FABRIC, Jon Knight, Commercial Director, Ascentae, Jonathan MacFarlane, Co-Founder, ACA Projects, Andrew Cooke, COO London Partners, who will seek to debunk the IT myths, explain what does and doesn’t work, and facilitate a full and frank non-technical discussion to help those responsible for the management of the workplace.

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Raj Krishnamurthy
Workplace FABRIC
Jon Knight
Commercial Director
Jonathan MacFarlane
ACA Projects
Andrew Cooke
Acting Chief Executive and COO
London & Partners

Key Topics include:

What new technologies are emerging that have the power to enhance the management of the workplace?
What is real and what is marketing hype?
How can technology enhance the workplace experience?
How can you be sure to invest in technology that won’t be obsolete in a few years?
How can you develop a ‘best of breed’ infrastructure and not get dependent on one provider?



Coffee and Refreshments


Welcome – Andrew Cooke, COO, London and Partners


Workplace IoT – how to focus on what matters – Raj Krishnamurthy, CEO, Workplace FABRIC


Imagining an Intelligent Workplace Management IT Infrastructure – Jonathan MacFarlane, Co-Founder, ACA Projects


Technologies to Enhance Workplace Meeting Experiences – Jon Knight, Commercial Director, Ascentae




Session Ends

If you would like to attend, please contact

Raj Krishnamurthy, CEO, Workplace FABRIC : raj@workplacefabric.com

Meet the Speakers

Raj Krishnamurthy, CEO, Workplace FABRIC

Raj is an ambitious entrepreneur and inventor who is transforming the modern workplace through innovative tech. His experience in the sector helped Raj identify a gap in the market for a technology solution that enables users to have their best day at work.

The platform, ‘Freespace’, does not require users to login or reveal their identity but enables them to maximise their productivity and make the best use of the expensive real estate they occupy.

Over the years, Raj has become established as a leading expert in this space and his clients include global blue chip and FTSE 500 companies such as Willis Towers Watson, Adobe, SAGE Publishing, CMS Cameron McKenna and BDO.

Jon Knight, Commercial Director & Co-Founder, Ascentae

Jon is responsible for overseeing all commercial elements within Ascentae, including setting the overall business strategy and defining the route to market.

Jon co-founded Ascentae following two decades of experience working on ‘both sides’ of the industry and his in-depth knowledge of the sector has helped to shape Ascentae’s vision for the future. With over 20 years’ experience in meeting room and collaboration technologies Jon believes there are plenty of gaps yet to be filled successfully by technology including digital transformation.

As passionate about products as he is his people. Jon is highly committed to ensuring customers have a fantastic experience through new technology and recognises technology needs to enhance existing business processes rather than processes being changed to adapt to the technology in order to drive adoption.

Jonathan Macfarlane, Co-Founder, ACA Projects

After graduating from the University of Sydney with a Masters of Design Science, Jonathan set out to disrupt how we interact with technology in the built environment. This led to the co-founding of ACA Projects which delivers smart building solutions at both a precinct and tenancy level.

A core focus is to provide workplace management solutions, but ultimately Jonathan is interested in blurring the lines between hospitality, retail and the modern workplace. This is achieved by taking a platform approach to technology which allows seamless transition from one user experience to another.

Buttons, touch panels and antiquated hardware systems cannot meet the challenges of today’s workplace. Jonathan leads the UX team at ACA and works directly with clients to scope user experiences that can adapt to new ways of working and be applied at a multinational level.

About Workplace Fabric

Workplace FABRIC helps office-users maximise their productivity while ensuring best use of built assets, providing solutions to solve daily space challenges and deliver deep insights to help strategic real estate decisions.

Drawing from a wealth of experience in both agile working and secure cloud technology, we understand the challenges and provide a unique service that focuses on user experience while delivering actionable workplace intelligence.

Our goal is to ensure users have their best day in the office while helping reduce the overall cost of real estate.

About Ascentae

Ascentae are a distributor of Creative Workplace Solutions focused on bringing new workplace technology solutions to market through a channel of resellers, specifiers and integrators.

We aim to bring disruptive, game changing technologies to market that require focus and to be sold as a solution. We recognise the value of enthusiasm and passion to help develop ground breaking solutions with genuine differentiation.

Our passion starts with developing strong and meaningful relationships through understanding our resellers business model, customer base and expertise. Based on this, our goal is to offer solutions that will offer a new approach to our customers.

About ACA Projects

ACA Projects is committed to enhancing customer experiences across all sectors, by creating new web technology platforms that have the power to control the physical world.

ACAEngine is an automation system that ties many experiences together, by controlling any physical, virtual, electronic or digital environment over a standard IP network. It is a web-based solution that can control unlimited devices, rooms and buildings from one centralised server. This highly scalable approach makes it a suitable solution for large deployments and multinational workplace management solutions.

The user interface is the combination of digital touch points, mobile apps or simply the user’s location in a building as control events are triggered automatically. Furthermore, ACAEngine provides integration into IBM Watson, Microsoft PowerBI and Google Analytics that can extend the building experience with data analytics and machine learning.


November 13, 2017
8:00 am - 10:00 am
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London & Partners
6th Floor, 2 More London Riverside
London, SE1 2RR United Kingdom
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