Smart offices are better for staff and visitors

Overview

The post-COVID world will bring huge changes to office life. With workers in close proximity in open plan areas, creating a safe workplace for both staff and visitors is going to be essential.

Challenges

Even before COVID, offices were going through changes. The pandemic has not just accelerated the pace of change, but may well have changed office life for ever. Businesses need to focus on showing that offices are safe for staff and visitors, and at the same time create environments that are productive, stress-free, and pleasant to work in.

Offices need to keep track of who is on the premises, both for security and for health reasons. They need to be able to verify compliance with occupancy regulations, and they need easy ways to allow or deny access to the building or to individual areas within a building. 

In larger businesses, visitors need easy ways to find their way around. This reduces the number of missed or delayed appointments, and improves the experience for visitors.

How can Ombori help?

Ombori Grid solutions are suitable for offices of all types, including multi-occupancy buildings shared by several businesses. Smart devices can be installed in reception areas, entrances to individual business units, or even in single rooms to give you whatever granularity you need. It can even be deployed across many different buildings either on a campus or dispersed across several locations, while allowing you to monitor and control it centrally.

Built on MS Azure and MS Teams, Ombori Grid solutions are enterprise ready and can be deployed in a matter of days. They are fully cloud-based modular solutions which run on standard hardware. They can be customized to the needs of individual clients quickly and easily.

Using IOT technology which continuously collects data from sensors and digital signage throughout the building, Ombori Grid creates a virtual model or digital twin of your office.

  • Our occupancy control and virtual queuing systems allow offices to monitor the number of people in each location and demonstrate compliance with occupancy regulations. This can cover the whole building, individual areas within a building, or meeting rooms and restrooms. Staff and visitors can be notified via their mobile device when it is safe to enter the premises or when a meeting room is free.
  • Interactive Wayfinders help visitors find where they have to go. They can download directions to their phone, as well as estimates on the time it will take to reach their destination.
  • Interactive digital signage and customer remotes can be used to provide information to visitors and staff. This can include promotional or educational material.
  • In meeting rooms and presentation areas, a sales remote or video wall offers a useful way to share multimedia data with large groups of people.