#Trailblazing Tech: Back to the Future…of ‘Normal’

24 Feb 2021 | Culture

#Trailblazing Tech: Back to the Future…of ‘Normal’

By Tim Abayomi-Cole

Each month, we cut through the noise to share a curated selection of the latest tech innovations with the potential to positively impact your Today, Tomorrow and Them Days After That.

Today, Tomorrow…

So, with what feels like the longest and most meandering of lockdowns nearly over, with a somewhat tangible end date in sight, it would be remiss for this month’s blog to not acknowledge the palpable buzz of excitement now sweeping the UK. All things considered however, the roadmap to ‘normal’ will most likely end in a reality markedly different to that the world we knew pre-pandemic, with precautionary measures a nailed-on feature of our lives for months and years to come. So how can tech help businesses prepare for that?

Monitoring occupancy rates through technology, namely the Internet of Things (IOT) is nothing new, with car parks employing the technology to a degree for some time. However, its widespread integration into the workplace is relatively novel, especially for businesses who have long hailed agile seating and/or had a workforce greater than their occupancy capacity.

Developing hardware in the occupancy monitoring space since 2013, Disruptive Technologies’ sensors can use a range of methodologies (temperature, infrared, motion, ultrasonic and Bluetooth) to accurately determine the presence of people in a given range/office space. It can even pair these through the IOT to HVAC systems (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning), automatically adjusting temperature and airflow to optimise conditions for both comfort and the prevention of illnesses.

And for businesses for whom the traditional office space has never been a feature? Well look no further than Network Rail’s model, in which they have adopted the app Mind The Gap, which uses audio and Bluetooth signals to alert users to maintain a safe, and configurable distance from one another, thereby ensuring social distancing is maintained. And as an added plus? The app developers promise that they don’t collect, store or utilise any sensitive data.

…Them Days After That

Just as technology can be used to solve the needs of business in improving health and safety protocols, it can now also be used to improve consumer safety and how the public are able to interact with the world around them.

With clear limitations to facial recognition technology in mask-wearing societies, the development of other contactless methods has seen massive growth acceleration over the past couple of years (not least also motivated by the opportunity to capitalise on the estimated £5.2 billion increase in market size over the next 5 years).

Already an integral part of our lives, the next iteration of contactless technology comes in the form of Amazon One’s palm recognition release. Currently being trialled in two of their Seattle stores, it’s billed as the future of contactless identification with a plethora of uses across payments and security, it marks the return of more intimate interaction and personalised experiences from a safe distance. With facial recognition on the brink of being second fiddle to palm technology, it’s time to make sure your business is prepared to make the necessary pivot to adapt.

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