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Ahrend introduces Smart Working Services, smart technological apps which support facility managers and employees. With the Smart Working App employees can easily find colleagues and available workplaces, making flexible working more productive. The second service is a smart asset management tool for facility managers. With the introduction of these apps, Ahrend shows its commitment in offering services for the working environment.
Office work is changing dramatically. Automation makes buildings and work processes become more intelligent and employees expect a good working environment and the best support. Furthermore, people are already used to working with all kinds of apps at home that make their lives easier. Ahrend responds to this with the Smart Working Services.
Smart Working App
Research shows that people work together more productively when they sit close to each other. For many people, this is also the main reason for coming to the office. In flexibly designed offices it isn’t always clear who’s where or which appropriate workplace is available. Ahrend developed Smart Working App to solve this problem.
The app works using so-called ‘beacon technology’. The technology is housed in the Ahrend PuK, which is integrated into the tabletop. As soon as an employee places his or her smartphone on a PuK, the app automatically notifies that this person has checked in. Once they are checked in their colleagues can see where they are. Employees can use the app to find colleagues, send messages or directly call someone. Additionally, phones can also charge wirelessly via the PuK.
The app is extremely useful for facility managers too, as it provides precise information on the usage of workstations, meeting spaces and other workplaces. For privacy reasons, this information is not personalised. These insights allow organisations to save energy, cleaning and maintenance costs.
Arnold Struik, Concept & Design Director at Ahrend: ‘Recent research of research and consultancy firm Integron on workplace experience shows that the main function of the office is changed from a workplace to a place to meet. The main reason to come to the office is to meet colleagues, share knowledge and collaborate. The app supports employees with this and makes cooperation a lot easier again.’
Asset Management App
This app offers facility managers the ability to manage the furniture in the office using an app, making asset management a whole lot easier.
The service is based on QR codes, which are applied to the furniture. Once the facility manager scans the QR code with his mobile or tablet, several choices appear: change location, report damage, call and/or order. The app makes it easy to change and update the location and/or status of the furniture. A chair needs to be moved from the second to the third floor? It will stay traceable afterwards. The service also makes it possible to keep an inventory of the age of the furniture. This creates the opportunity to apply an economic and circular change plan to this data. It also makes it easier to charge overhead costs to the various departments or branches.
‘It is an enormous task for facility managers in large organisations to keep a good overview of office furniture,’ says Struik. ‘We make the whole process a lot easier for them with Smart Working Services. This service is the first example of a whole new way of working. We are already working on our next release, a digital ergonomic passport.’