Ecosystem partners include corporate real estate firms, connected furniture companies and other technology vendors
Aruba is advancing its Mobile First architecture with the announcement of new partnerships to deliver smarter buildings and workplace experiences.
Through its ArubaEdge technology partner programme, the Hewlett Packard Enterprise company will work with corporate real estate leaders, connected furniture companies and other technology vendors to create an ecosystem able to deliver next-generation workplace experiences that securely support Internet of Things (IoT), building automation, and personalised, location-based services for guests and employees.
The Aruba Mobile First architecture is designed to be mobile first and delivers a network that is open, secure, and autonomous. It allows users and things to connect to the network and receive the same policy and permissions regardless of how they connect -- wired or wireless -- making them truly mobile. It is designed to deliver a non-stop networking experience for environments where mobile, IoT, and cloud are mission-critical.
To help IT organisations enhance the user experience and ensure business resilience as they continue to adopt mobility, IoT and cloud, Aruba has also introduced NetInsight, an artificial intelligence (AI) based analytics and assurance solution for optimising network performance.
Aruba believes mobility, cloud and IoT adoption is changing the future of work, demanding an autonomous approach to networking and that highly efficient, IoT-enabled smart buildings are intersecting with the mobile-first digital workplace. It says this new paradigm is forming a smart digital workplace that needs to deliver secure and reliable, optimised and personalised experiences that will foster employee creativity, collaboration, speed and freedom.
“Over the last year existing customers and new prospects have been coming to us as a leader in digital workplaces and asking ‘what does the next-generation office look like?’" says Alan Ni, director of vertical marketing for Aruba. “We noticed that as new spaces are being built, there is a heavy focus on leveraging IoT technology to personalise them to the employee. A lot of the drivers around this is that a happier employee is a more productive one.
"Instead of building the institutionalised workspace, organisations are asking ’how can we take advantage of the latest technologies?’ So why not try to understand who is in a specific location in a building and personalise it, maybe by adjusting the lighting, temperature or furniture."
Working with its partners, Aruba wants to create modern workplaces that it claims will “uniquely pair” end user mobility, secure connectivity, and location with the sensory context of enterprise IoT. These experiences range from personalised workspace ergonomics and lighting, to mobile UC and fully automated conference rooms, to preventive equipment maintenance and automated energy conservation, on a single infrastructure.
Partners include commercial real estate services company CBRE and global connected furniture company Herman Miller. “Consumers have come to expect seamless experiences in everything that they do, and that includes the workplace,” said Sandeep Davé, chief digital and technology officer, global workplace solutions at CBRE.
“Our clients, as they seek to attract and retain their best and brightest, are finding it important to deliver an enhanced workplace experience. They are turning to CBRE to deliver experiential services and a digital workplace, which we do via CBRE 360, an experience services offering enabled by leading technology.
“There is strong alignment between CBRE’s goal of creating next generation workplace environments with integrated property services and Aruba’s smart digital workplace direction. This is an area where our teams have collaborated and expect to realise greater synergies in the future.”
Jeff Gibson, director of advanced business development at Herman Miller, said that what constitutes “a great workplace experience” is rapidly evolving “with the addition of digital and data layers”.
“People need a variety of settings to perform their work activities and the digital layers that we are delivering are helping to maximise the experience. We are working with Aruba to create this vision where cloud connected furniture and devices can be deployed to support a mobile-first digital experience.
"Leveraging data and insights provides efficient usage of space for organisations as well as maximises the performance potential.”
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