Guided by the light
To help employees keep their distance and stay healthy when they return to work, lighting specialist Signify has introduced new functionality to the smartphone apps it has developed for its Interact connected lighting system.
The Interact Office ‘Space management’ app, which monitors real-time occupancy levels using data collected from the lighting system, can now be used by building managers to set occupancy limits and identify high-traffic areas so that they can be cleaned more frequently.
The Interact Office ‘Workplace’ app enables companies to use their connected lighting infrastructure (specifically Visible Light Communication and Bluetooth-Low-Energy technology in the luminaires) to guide employees to areas of a building where occupancy is at acceptable levels and where they can book a desk.
TAAP Visitor Book is a cloud-based ‘no touch’ reception service that helps keep busy reception areas free of people. The system requires no special software or equipment and allows employees, contractors and guests to sign in in seconds. They simply use their smartphone to scan a QR code at a company site and then follow the prompts to supply necessary contact information and agree to site-specific policies and emergency evacuation guidelines. The app automatically alerts the host when a visitor has checked in and retains the user’s name and contact details to save time the next time they visit.
Swoope Eat is one of a growing number of solutions designed to help bars, restaurants and cafes comply with social distancing rules – and generate extra revenue. Swoope Eat does this by combining the booking of time slots to control capacity with the ability to apply premium pricing for peak times or sporting events. It can also be used to establish a rewards programme. Customers themselves can use the browser-based application to order food and drink from branded menu pages, pay for items and view digital receipts.
One of a number of very similar social distancing wearables now on the market, the eqWave from Equivital alerts personnel if they move within two metres of a colleague. Because the alerting distance is configurable, it can also be set to 1 metre plus in line with new Government guidelines. Based on Ultra Wide Band (UWB) radio and Bluetooth technology, the device offers 360-degree coverage and alerts the wearer via a bright LED and haptic vibration as soon as there is an infringement. The device is complemented by an eqWave partner app, which provides ‘over the air’ firmware updates and access to new features such as contact tracing, and an API for integration with third party solutions.
Draxxon’s DX-1000 Advanced Virology Testing Platform (AVTP) is a self-contained mobile testing truck designed to provide an instant response during COVID-19 and similar outbreaks/events.
The AVTP features two Yamaha CS-700 devices integrated with the Draxxon DX-INTERCHANGE System, which provides video and audio communication between personnel. One is installed inside the truck; the other is integrated into the vehicle’s rear DX-Outdoor Work Station used by medical personnel interacting with the public.
Draxxon Director of Business Development Tyler Ackerman says the CS-700 was chosen because it met the requirement for simple, one-button operation.
He said: “The CS-700 fit this objective perfectly. It delivers great audio and video quality in an all-in-one design that eliminates the configuration and operation of separate webcams, speakers and microphones.”
Smarter workspace management
Smartway2 has added Covid-safe workplace functionality to its cloud-based workplace scheduling technology, which also uses analytics and data visualisation to show enterprises precisely how their meeting rooms, desks and other resources are being utilised.
The new functionality adds social distancing, contact tracing and sanitation checks to resource booking so that when someone books a desk in Smartway2, all surrounding desks within a specified radius are automatically taken out of service.
When a desk is vacated, a countdown timer in the system prevents anyone else from booking it until it has been sanitised, with desk/room sign-off and release procedures fully automated.
The Smartway2 solution also includes digital desk displays that indicate whether a workstation is available, awaiting cleaning or out of service.
In the event that someone falls ill, Smartway2 can produce contact tracing reports that identify at-risk colleagues, categorising their risk level depending on their proximity to the infected person.