Flexible work depends on two things; connectivity and a fully charged battery. A growing number of organizations are embracing the chance to do away with dedicated workstations and as a general rule, larger organisations tend to offer agile workers a greater choice of facilities. The ability to choose where and when to work is welcomed by the majority of employees, sometimes because it presents them with a challenge, although others still miss the ability to work in a familiar environment, surrounded by a close circle of colleagues.
Sedus has addressed this vision of the office of the future with an innovative system called se:connects. At its heart is an easy-to-use app that debuted on the global stage at last year’s Orgatec trade show in Cologne.
The app, when installed on a smartphone or tablet, allows people the freedom to find a free workstation or space that meets their requirements in terms of location or equipment, or even the colleagues with whom they would like to work. The app uses groundbreaking iBeacon technology and Bluetooth to log in to the workplace. The app also offers messaging and email to help people communicate. Se: connects also facilitates the exchange of personal information.
Sedus se:connects integrates with iBeacon transmitters in a particularly elegant way by using Qi charging stations which can be installed under worksurfaces or in storage, labelled with a discreet but recognisable symbol. The stations can be used for the wireless charging of Qi enabled smartphones.
The Sedus se: connects system helps employees manage their working hours and spaces more efficiently and helps them find and meet with their colleagues in real time.
This is not a system dedicated solely to employees however. Workplace and facilities managers get anonymized, aggregate data which can be used to create more efficient and productive working environments. The information generated includes space utilisation data for specific spaces and the usage of equipment. This can be applied in a number of ways, for example, by restricting access during low usage periods to save energy and cleaning costs.