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Post-COVID-19 – Clean desks on-demand

Ideal for busy office spaces and hot desking environments, the Sensative desk occupancy sensor can be useful in creating a COVID-secure workspace

When a company embraces flexible working or a flexible environment—meaning a workplace that doesn’t have fixed seating and/or gives employees some element of choice in when and where they work—they often introduce the concepts of hot-desking or hoteling. 

Hot-desking means any employee can find and work at any open seat (desk or workstation) when they get to the office each day. With hoteling employees can reserve a specific desk/workstation or any other type of space: meeting/conference rooms, collaborative spaces, phone banks—whatever’s available in the office. 

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Working from home will be much more common post-COVID-19, some say “the new normal”. This will drive an even more flexible working environment. With an average cost of $10,000 per year for providing a desk organization will be optimizing for a mix of working form and at the office.

Employees can, for instance, use an app or software to find a desk before they come into the office or as they arrive, so there’s some comfort in knowing that they’ll have a place to sit. Depending on the software and technology you use, they can even search for certain colleagues and make sure they reserve a desk nearby for easy collaboration.

Managing desk sharing post-COVID-19

Many flexible offices use occupancy sensors to optimize desk usage. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, desk occupancy will take on another meaning altogether. Recent initiatives require companies to be able to record and maintain the cleanliness of particular working areas.

Normal desk occupancy sensors only report occupied or not occupied, just two values to show the availability of the desk.

Sensative Strips Presence features a unique manual sliding switch to help report when a desk has been cleaned. Ideal for busy office spaces and hot-desking environments, the Sensative desk occupancy sensor can be useful in creating a COVID-secure workspace.

The Strips Presence has a new reporting type, “pending cleaning,” which means when a person is at a desk, then leaves, the sensor will report the desk is “pending” cleaning, not just “empty”.

This action that is required for the desk to be available for someone else can, for instance, be pending cleaning and disinfection. When the cleaner has disinfected the desk, they can simply slide the +Switch on the sensor, and the sensor will now report that the desk is available and disinfected.

The Sensative desk occupancy sensor uses LoRaWAN technology to report data to a compatible gateway over a range of up to 10 km. Supplied with a custom built-in battery with a lifetime of up to 10 years, the sensor strip can be easily applied via an adhesive backing.

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