Ahead of the Vox Studios Insight Launch event on 19th April, we talk to Richard Sagar (MBE) about how the Internet of Things is changing office and home life.

Richard Sagar (MBE) is the founder of Sagar Smart Homes, an international award-winning consultancy based at Workspace Riverside. He explains how the growing effect of IoT will change the dynamics of office space.

Find out more about Sagar Smart Homes

Tell us about yourself

A technology enthusiast, innovator and entrepreneur at heart, I am passionate about delivering intuitive and integrated solutions that add value to their users every day life. 

Tell us about Sagar Smart Homes

Sagar Smart Homes are an international award-winning, London-based consultancy who specialise in the design and commissioning of intelligent building systems in residential and commercial properties around the world. Established six years ago, Sagar Smart Homes is at the forefront of delivering pioneering solutions that seamlessly integrate technology and lifestyle.

Could you tell us about the most exciting project you've worked on?

We recently completed a groundbreaking project in Melbourne, Australia. Winnning the industry’s most coveted, international award, the 3,000 square metre home is the pinnacle of what can currently be achieved with automation systems. Designed to run completely off grid, backed by solar energy and battery storage, it is a showcase of forward thinking and harmonious design. We will shortly begin testing a new level of home automation on the project, a step towards the intelligence and automation typically reserved for fictional homes in Hollywood blockbuster movies.  

How do you think the IoT will revolutionise office life? What advice would you give to new and growing companies?

The first wave of revolution will be based around communications, with email already considered a dated communication platform for teams and companies. Platforms like 'Slack' optimise communications throughout organisations. Office spaces are slowly becoming more integrated, with energy and space management critical.

In the longer term, the intelligent systems will build profiles which allow them to automate spaces in a predictive manner instead of reactive.


Lights will react to their environment more intuitively than they currently do, providing optimum light level and mood lighting in very specific work areas and only when occupied. This information will also be harnessed by the climate management systems to be more efficient. In the longer term, the intelligent systems will build profiles which allow them to automate spaces in a predictive manner instead of reactive.

Companies will be able to analyse this data to make informed decisions about the size, use of and dynamics of the office space. I advise companies to engage with their landlord to understand how they plan to incorporate exciting and beneficial technologies in to their buildings, along with the infrastructure to support them.

What are the biggest trends which are shaping IoT at the moment?

The short term trends are currently focused around fitness, health and lifestyle and, for a large part, periphery technologies that work along our established devices like phone and tablets. Primarily designed around monitoring, storing and visualising data for the users, this will gradually evolve to a more automated and integrated platform, with smaller and smaller emphasis on human input. 

Join the discussion around how IoT is affecting business and home life with Helen and other experts.  To find out more about the Vox Studios Insight Launch event on 19th April, click here.

Book a viewing at Riverside