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Touch(less)! New way forward, post crisis-workplace

“When we get back to our physical work places after a gap, we need to think how to introduce interfaces which are touchless and start looking at it strategically at the various technologies already available to us; one aspect being a paradigm shift from ‘shared devices to personal devices'”, says  Dr. Ramesh, Archinova Designs Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad


As experienced professionals in the fraternity are thinking ways and means of working out solutions for work places.  The digital solution and platforms have eliminated some of the noise by improving guest check in, conference room booking, company communication, way finding food and beverages and more.

Now due to the on going pandemic of COVID -19 has evolved us and changed our perspective of the frictionless work place because many of the solutions we have put in place so far has been reliant on “touch technology”  kiosks that require navigation via touch, booking screens, bio metrics, finger print scans all these convenience looks like health risk in current situation across all countries.

When we get back to our physical work places after a gap, we need to think how to introduce interfaces which are touchless and start looking at it strategically at the various technologies already available to us, one of aspect being a paradigm shift from “Shared devices to personal devices”.

This may not have cutting edge technology, but reduces the chances of spread of virus through “Touch”.  The other option could be usage of blue tooth to give access to the employees inside the building, as apps are being implemented in several large offices now. Over a period of time mobile phones i.e. Android devices would take over the traditional way of operation.

The fore sighted thought would be to replace touch with “Gesture”, the intention is to avoid touch to the lever of the door handle, hand wash etc. the other thought which occurs to my mind is Voice. Which would be the future like ALEXA, SIRI etc. this could be virtual assistant.

Combine these two elements in a work place setting and the potential is appealing “order my lunch or setup my meeting at 10 am with the team”.

The other aspects which occurs to my mind is Facial Recognition at entry points, meeting rooms etc.

NEXT WHAT?

  • Put your People First,
  • Keep it simple.
  • Focus on short term goals.

as we are not aware of several aspects of the pandemic COVID -19, but we have to reshape our workplaces for safe work environment.

I have penned a few thoughts the way work places are going to react to the current situation and its impact on the use of technology to make the places safe for humans.

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