ADVOCATES of internet-connected lighting say it has found its ‘killer app’: monitoring social distancing in offices.
As governments and business around the world strive to get people back into the workplace after the global shutdown, keeping employees healthy and safe is a major concern and physical separation measures need to be in place to protect employees.
Internet-connected lights with enabling technology has always had the ability to monitor employee movements and density, and this has been used by building managers to manage space effectively.
But with the easing of the Covid-19 lockdowns around the world and the return to the office, the same technology can help ensure employees comply with social distancing requirements.
Signify says it has tweaked the features in its IoT lighting platform – dubbed Interact Office – to help employees keep their distance.
By using the software applications powered by the connected lighting infrastructure, building managers can now take critical decisions based on data rather than assumptions.
Signify’s Interact Office Workspace app enables companies to use their connected lighting infrastructure for indoor navigation; guiding employees to uncrowded areas of the building and enabling them to reserve a desk in a space where occupancy is still at acceptable levels.
All the while ensuring physical distancing rules are maintained.
The Space management application provides data insights that enable building managers to make informed decisions about how to best manage their space.
The application effectively monitors real-time occupancy data, allowing building managers to identify the most densely populated areas in the building and set Covid-19 related occupancy limitations.
Data collected from the Interact connected lighting system can also identify any high-traffic areas so they can be cleaned more frequently.
Signify recently launched new IoT sensors with Environmental monitoring capabilities – including monitoring temperature, air quality, noise levels, daylight levels, and relative humidity.
Interact Indoor navigation enables a mobile application to access the real-time and accurate indoor geo-location of a mobile device via lighting. The software can use several technologies such as Visible Light Communication (VLC) and Bluetooth-Low-Energy (BLE) in the luminaires and phone sensors to determine the location and direction of travel of the device with 30cm/1ft accuracy.
By integrating the Indoor navigation kiosk or the Interact Office Workspace app with meeting room booking systems or employee directory management solutions, employees can easily book a meeting room, find a free desk, or locate a colleague.
Facility managers can use the anonymised data on employee movement flows and behaviour to further optimise and improve their employee services and building operations.
‘Now more than ever, technology can help us ensuring that businesses can deliver an optimal working environment as we gradually start to make our return to office life,’ Ronnie Koster, global systems business leader office and industry at Signify, told Lux.
Interact will support to ease the transition and keep everyone safe and healthy.’