The technology company is laying the foundations for future-proof digital workplaces that also support its "new normal" work model, including mobile working.
Siemens is rolling out its workplace experience solution Comfy across its global offices to help promote a safe return to the workplace for employees during the pandemic.
Siemens also announced that the deployment – targeting approximately 600 company locations – lays the foundation for “future-proof” digital workplaces, and for more agile and future-oriented working.
The Comfy app combines location, usage and smart building data with a range of user demands to connect employees to their office environment.
More than 100,000 Siemens employees in 30 countries will get access to the application. In the first phase, expected to be completed by October this year, a simplified version will provide the most important information about each employee’s office location. This also includes the latest general and location-specific Covid-19 updates as well as health regulations.
“Our priority is to protect our people so they can return to the workplace safely and confidently wherever they are. By using smart office technologies, we can reshape how we work”
Employees will be able to register their presence and obtain local information about their office, to make informed decisions about how and when they can safely return to the workplace. This will also enable daily occupancy limits to be defined and met, ensuring offices comply with local return-to-work regulations on physical distancing.
“Our priority is to protect our people so they can return to the workplace safely and confidently wherever they are. By using smart office technologies, we can reshape how we work,” said Roland Busch, deputy CEO and member of the managing board of Siemens.
“Our Comfy app supports our new mobile working model, by enabling employees to better plan when they choose to work from the office.”
In the second phase of the rollout, further capability from Comfy’s feature set can be added to enhance the Siemens workplace experience. Employees will be able to reserve specific rooms and desks, navigate offices and campuses with maps, locate co-workers and personalise the temperature and lighting levels to ensure comfort.
Additionally, there will be the option to deploy a network of IoT sensors from Siemens-owned Enlighted. When integrated with Comfy, this enables employees to view the occupancy of desks, rooms, and offices in real time.
According to Siemens, the Comfy workplace app aims to enhance the collaboration with Enlighted, both at customers’- and Siemens’ premises. Employees expect more flexibility to successfully manage and balance their professional and private lives while making use of agile workplaces that foster creativity and innovation.
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