Touchless Technology to
get back to Work and School
EVERYONE has a new concern when choosing where and how to get things done outside the home. Call it “Health Security”, and like physical security after 9/11, we all need to keep our employees, teachers, students, and visitors safe when they are on the job, in school, or in our building. Sadly, we believe this concern is here to stay, so it will need to be dealt with in the short-run and the long-run. And we believe it can be, with touchless technology.
Whether you call it “touchless”, “hands-free”, contactless”, or “no-touch” technology, there is no question that people are going to want to touch interfaces as little as possible in a post-COVID-19 world.
The good news is that our experts at LightWerks understand what is possible – what is practical – and we are creating a variety of solutions that speak to the new needs of companies, schools, medical/healthcare facilities, and other spaces throughout the built world.
The suite of solutions that LightWerks will employ falls into two categories:
Solutions where a user will only interact with their personal technology – their phone, tablet, laptop, keyboard, mouse and other personal devices – to accomplish something in a work-place, school, or other space they share with colleagues, teachers, classmates, and friends. Examples include:
Office hoteling solutions, including tools like Envoy that users can use to reserve a work-space, as well as kits of items (e.g. wireless headsets, keyboards, and mice) that will be used at these workstations but not shared with other users;
Conference room scheduling that can be done from your home, your desk, or your own mobile device;
Wireless BYOD solutions, like Barco Clickshare, Crestron AirMedia, and Mersive Solstice, allowing users to share content on their Apple, Intel-based, or Android devices with others in a meeting space or on a video call and
Cloud conferencing solutions like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Google Meet and others that allow users to meet without everyone – or perhaps anyone – needing to physically be in a shared space with anyone else.
Solutions where a user will not need to touch anything at all to accomplish something in their environment. These are the truly touchless, hands-free solutions that currently exist and which will be rapidly developed to speak to the suddenly huge demand for “safe environments.” Examples include:
Touchless access control from Openpath, automatic door openers from Allegion, and temperate pre-scanning solutions from Aurora Multimedia, Eagle Eye Networks, and others.
Sync-sensing and automatic system turn-on, switching, and shut-down tools from Crestron, Extron, and others;
Room-occupancy sensors from Crestron; and
Touchless technology-, perhaps voice-based, room-control systems as quality, practical solutions are introduced in the marketplace.