Heated discussions about opening windows and people wrapping themselves in shawls are features of the modern open plan office. However, that needn’t be the case. Carlo Ratti has developed an Internet of Things driven office in Turin, called Office 3.0. It features hyper-localised environmental settings, which follow the user around the building using an app. The app also allows for location identification and meeting room bookings. A shift to activity-based working holds appeal for productivity reasons, but it will take smart office development such as this to ameliorate the challenges to new ways of working, which currently act as barriers to implementation.