This year we’ve seen rapid adoption and evolution of technology to support safe and healthy work environments. A major goal of all this innovation is to create a contact-free experience that allows users to avoid interacting closely with others and touching shared surfaces.
Think about how many contact points employees encounter from car to cubicle — the doors they enter, the elevator trips, and the technology, appliances, and fixtures they use throughout the day. Well, the office of the future aims to make the workday as touchless as possible.
Let’s look at a few common, high-traffic areas of the office that are quickly becoming touch-free with technology.
Entering the office is about to get safer and simpler. Instead of riffling through keys, cards, and fobs, employees can use various contactless technologies to access areas, typically with just a cell phone in hand.
Here’s how the process might look:
Since the pandemic began, elevators have become one of the most problematic areas for property managers. And for a while, it seemed like there was no reliable way to prevent the spread of disease in such a small, congested space.
To eliminate the need to touch elevator buttons, many tech innovators have employed gesturing technology. Employees can use motions to control their elevator ride, such as waving to call a car or pointing to floor numbers. Other technologies allow people to use voice commands or a cell phone app to summon elevators and choose floors.
In the near future, employees may not even have to do that much. Elevator systems will read information about where each user works and automatically bring them to the correct floor.
There are certain areas of the office where employees frequently share controls, appliances, and technology. Touchless solutions are a promising alternative to restricting access to these spaces, and they also help reduce the need for cleaning between uses.
In conference rooms, everything from lights and temperature to audiovisual technology can sync with the room’s schedule.
Take a company meeting for example. With technology synced, no one will have to come in early to turn on all the lights, set up equipment, and adjust the temperature — all of this happens automatically, just in time for the meeting to start. Later, as the meeting concludes and the room empties, everything powers down, and occupancy sensors trigger automated cleaning processes to begin. The result is reduced surface contamination, lower power consumption, and minimal maintenance.
Companies can equip their break rooms with touchless technology, too. Manufacturers are making it possible to grab a snack from the vending machine, heat up a meal, or whip up a latte without touching buttons.
The end of each employee’s day might include a trip to the mailroom to pick up packages — but only if those employees are willing to wait in line and abide by social distancing protocols.
Smart lockers eliminate the lines and take care of all the safety measures in a simple, contactless process:
Smart lockers provide a touchless way to exchange other items between building occupants, too, such as company assets, technology, and onboarding materials.
This is a fertile time for innovation, and these technologies are already leading the office into a contactless future. Touchless technologies are not just safer — they’re faster and more efficient. And that’s something forward-thinking business leaders will want on their side.
If you’d like to make smart lockers part of your company’s future, reach out to us today.