New Work – The Safe & Smart Workplace

The Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we look at working at the office. We will need to keep our social distance, avoid physical contact and improve our hygiene. The office will need to become resilient. A safe haven. A place where health, wellbeing and productivity are key. Technology will have a major role in this transformation.

The office building of The Beacon will be the testing ground for companies that want to test their technology in a real-life dynamic environment. The “New Work” project will assess the user acceptance of each technology.

 

Participants

 Social Distancing is one of the key recommendations to mitigate the spreading of any virus or bacteria. New Work will test four wearables and one app that provide solutions to this end. Curious how some of the participants’ devices work? Then check out the videos at the bottom of the page.

Rombit

Rombit

Romware Radius

Rombit combines social distance monitoring and contact tracing in one wearable that uses ultra-wide band technology.

Maggy

Maggy

Maggy

Maggy uses the latest Bluetooth technology to detect other devices in the defined range, and giving auditive and vibrating signals to its wearer.

Lopos

Lopos

Safe Distance

Lopos’ safe distance wearables will alert the user by means of a visual, auditive and vibration, using ultra-wide band technology.

BringMe

BringMe

BringMe Shield

The BringMe Shield is a wearable that uses NFC and alerts the user by means of sound.

All connects

All connects

CHECK.connects

Residents and visitors of the building will be able to flag issues, such as the depletion of consumables or the need of an intervention in the lavatories and coffee corners. This touchless, no-app, IoT platform provide a seemless interaction with the office management. We’ll look at the impact on hygiene, the perception of it, and the collaboration between office management and tenants.

Epic Blue

Epic Blue

Guardian App

Guardian COVID is a software solution that helps companies to implement social distancing and manage COVID policies. With Guardian COVID, we strengthen teams through reliable measurements, COVID specific risk management, real-time KPI dashboards, centralised alerting, site activity hotspots, and contact tracing networks. 

HelloDoor

HelloDoor

HelloLisa

The reception is a high-risk area during a pandemic. Many places have temporarily withdrawn their reception staff during the lockdown. HelloLisa is a virtual reception that will directly connect our visitors to their hosts by means of a touch-screen interface and a Microsoft Teams integration.

Ipee

Ipee

Ipee

Ipee’s solutions will make two of our sanitary blocks handsfree, and will optimize the usage of water. Handsfree controls contributes to the hygiene on the shop floor, avoiding the unnecessary spreading of bacteria and viruses.

MCS

MCS

Private LoRa Sensors

The LoRaWAN beacon of MCS is a quick and effective solution to monitor occupancy by registering Bluetooth and WiFi signals of people in the lunch area. The information helps to avoid overcrowding this high-risk place. MCS will also provide air quality sensors that will monitor the indoor air in the meeting rooms

NTT

NTT

NTT Safe

The lobby is a place where incoming and outgoing residents and visitors meet, and is therefore a high-risk area. NTT will monitor the occupancy rate and social distance in the waiting area, feeding the information back to the guests by displaying it on TV screens. The compact thermal camera kiosk with integrated hand sanitizer can be used by the visitors to perform a self-check while waiting.

Esoptra

Esoptra

Savitas QR

Savitas QR helps organisations to prevent a local outbreak of COVID-19 in their workplace through low-threshold, anonymous contact tracing. By scanning QR code stickers across the company, high-risk contacts between workers are registered. A worker can self-report in case of an infection, thereby anonymously notifying his/her colleagues that they are at risk. No app or registration required. 

Signs That Work & Cue Design

Signs That Work & Cue Design

Wayfinding

Recommendations, sensitization and information is often perceived as restrictive or directive. Signs That Work uses light to show directions and display information in an elegant and attractive way. A higher level of compliance with health & safety measures can be obtained.

Spacewell

Spacewell

Cobundu

Shared spaces within buildings, such as lunchrooms and meeting rooms, are considered high-risk areas. Spacewell’s Cobundu platform will be used to monitor these areas, assess their safety & compliance, and assist the building occupants. Headcount sensors will monitor the space usage of the lunch area, giving tenants real-time visibility in the crowdedness. Air quality sensors will monitor the meeting rooms to promote the health and productivity of collaboration spaces.

Twikit

Twikit

Handsfree door latch

The custom-made 3D printed door handles can be manipulated with the elbow, without the need to use your hands. They will be the final piece to the completely touchless restrooms on the 5th floor.

Verhaert - Masters in Innovation

Verhaert - Masters in Innovation

HAI

The machine vision and AI enhanced camera setup provices safety information and allows tenants to make informed decision. Real-time feedback will inform tenants about the occupancy rate, social distance and wearing of masks in the lunch room.

Freever

Freever

SeekScan

Thermal cameras can provide a pretty accurate indication of the body temperature, by measuring the skin temperature. SeekScan is an integrated booth that can be used by the tenants to screen themselves or their visitors.

Van Roey

Van Roey

SecureGate Kiosk

An all-in-one kiosk containing sensors, artifical intelligence, image recognition and smart data to optimize access control and improve security

Project timing

12 june

Registration deadline

15 september

Start of the test

31 October

End of the test

November

Award ceremony

Partners

Video participants

Newsfeed

Kanaal Z

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HLN.be

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Gazet Van Antwerpen

Koorts, drukte en contacten meten: The Beacon test twintig slimme toepassingen voor een veiligere werkplek

VRT NWS

Innovatiecentrum test technologieën om coronaproof te werken: “Grote impact op het kantoorleven”

ATV

The Beacon test coronaveilige technologie voor kantoren

Made In Antwerpen

The Beacon vormt zich om tot testcentrum voor New Work project