ThinkIoT Solutions Simplify Workplace Preparation for Bringing Employees Back to the Office
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., June 23, 2020 – Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced IoT solutions for businesses returning to work after the coronavirus pandemic – ThinkIoT Back to Work Solutions. Lenovo has assembled an ecosystem of IoT solutions to help make it easier for customers to get back to work in offices without dealing with the hassle traditionally encountered in IoT projects. To that extent, Lenovo validates, deploys, and manages these end-to-end solutions globally in a set of turnkey offerings, especially important for large businesses with distributed locations. These are the first solutions from Lenovo’s Commercial Internet of Things Business Group, established in 2019 to help drive the company’s service-led transformation.
Lenovo provides a single point of accountability for customers across their Back to Work solutions. Lenovo tests each solution through a rigorous validation process that includes up to 140 steps covering security, serviceability, scalability, and reliability. Lenovo’s field network of more than 20,000 technicians handle deployment for all the solutions with minimal site disruption. With customers in more than 180 markets and expertise supporting more than 125 million devices, Lenovo provides leading solution monitoring and management to keep all these ThinkIoT Back to Work solutions running for customers.
Three-Step Framework for Back to Work
In a recent Lenovo survey in the U.S, 58% of respondents said their job shifted to remote work in response to Covid-19, and 88% say it’s important for their companies to deploy technology-based safety measures within their workplaces before they go back to work.1
Lenovo outlines a three-step framework with technology at its core to help make spaces safer and to accelerate business transformation for the long term.
1) Controlling who gets into the location
2) Managing behaviors within the space; and
3) Preparing to respond to incidents
ThinkIoT Back to Work Solutions support this three-step framework with a set of end-to-end, pre-tested and validated IoT solutions incorporating carefully selected and proven hardware and software partners, including CXApp, Inpixon, L Squared, Openpath, Relogix, and Viper Imaging.
These solutions help make workplaces safer as employees progress through the building:
- Touchless Building Access: Modern access control that allows touchless access, phone-based authentication, easy cloud management, and integrations with legacy access control systems and IoT solutions. (Openpath)
- Elevated Temperature Screening: Thermal screening solutions using U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared thermal cameras to identify elevated body temperature in individuals as they go through access points. (Viper Imaging)
- Digital Signage and Policy Communication: Integrated digital communication and content management solution to effectively communicate policies and information to your workforce. (L Squared)
- Safe Workspace Monitoring: Office occupancy monitoring solution with granularity to a seat level to comply with social distancing protocols and identify workspace utilization for target cleaning. (Relogix)
- On-Premise Contact Tracing: Employee and visitor tracing using existing Wi-Fi network to monitor workspace zone health and enable a focused response in the event of an incident. (Inpixon)
Customers can choose what’s most important to them and mix and match solutions based on their desired outcomes. Lenovo serves as the one-stop shop for deploying and managing these Back to Work Solutions.
“For the past decade IoT solutions have promised great results but haven’t delivered,” said John Gordon, Lenovo’s President, Commercial Internet of Things. “Our purpose is simple – to overcome the logistical challenges of IoT systems to make them practical at scale. As the #1 PC maker, Lenovo is in the unique position to understand what it takes to manage electronic components spread around the world. We build on our global strength in services and supply chain and layer on industry-first IoT management software and a proven partner ecosystem to help customers finally get the value they’ve always wanted from IoT, quickly, and hassle free.”
At a time when IoT solutions are plentiful, single IoT solutions can easily require hundreds of thousands of sensors and end points when deployed across global site locations. Once companies start considering multiple IoT solutions, this challenge can easily reach millions of devices, limiting businesses from realizing the potential value of IoT. Lenovo recognizes and overcomes the business challenges associated with leveraging IoT solutions by identifying trusted solutions, deploying at scale, and managing across vendors and sites over time.
ThinkIoT Back to Work Solutions are available beginning immediately in select regions through Lenovo sales channels.
For more information: visit www.lenovo.com/iot.
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1Survey conducted by Lenovo on June 8, 2020 of 1,000+ employees in the general population in the U.S.
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“The future of work is connected – bridging physical and digital touchpoints through a mobile ecosystem of devices and IoT products that drive smart, automated experiences to the forefront of employee engagement,” said Leon Papkoff, CEO and Chief Strategist, The CXApp. “That’s why we’re excited to be a part of Lenovo’s ThinkIoT Back to Work Solution ecosystem – where The CXApp can bring everyone into a workplace experience platform that helps a distributed workforce feel confident and secure when they return to the office.”
“Inpixon is pleased to offer its Workplace Readiness™ solutions through Lenovo,” commented Nadir Ali, CEO of Inpixon (Nasdaq: INPX). “In today’s environment, businesses must invest in tools that enable them to adapt and address new challenges as they arise. Inpixon’s Indoor Intelligence technology helps organizations prepare to provide for the safety and security of their employees and visitors by leveraging their indoor data with tools that create visibility around social distancing protocols, support contact tracing efforts, and identify high priority zones for sanitizing. We’re excited to partner with Lenovo and help businesses reclaim their workplaces.”
“With employees returning back to work, L Squared supports businesses with the right tools to create a safe and transparent environment for employees to flourish and do their best in,” said Ratnavel Gajendra, CEO, L Squared. “We are partnering with Lenovo to leverage their comprehensive ThinkIoT Back to Work Solutions to enable enterprises to deliver a connected employee experience by improving workplace culture and communication immediately.”
“More than ever before, access control has become a crucial requisite to protecting the wellbeing and safety of our people, properties and IP,” said James Segil, President and Co-Founder of Openpath. “As companies focus on reopening their workplaces, Openpath is proud to partner with Lenovo to bring our unique “Wave To Unlock” hands-free access to the enterprise market. We want people to feel protected and at ease in the workplace, with technology that offers safety and peace-of-mind for all employees and visitors.”
“Relogix intelligent workspace insights will help companies prepare and manage their return to work and understand the new patterns of work. We provide the insights needed to inform workspace design and other real estate decisions necessary to adapt to a very different working environment,” said Jeff Bennett, COO, Relogix. “As a key component of the Lenovo ThinkIoT Solutions, organizations will be able to deploy our technology with confidence knowing that all their global implementation and support needs will be handled by one of the most respected companies in the world.”
“We are proud to partner with Lenovo in providing ThinkIoT Back to Work Solutions,” said Rich Shannon, co-founder, Viper Imaging. “Lenovo’s objective of offering technology solutions for safe and seamless transitions back to work after the Coronavirus pandemic aligns with Viper’s mission statement – providing thermal solutions that increase efficiency, promote safety and effect positive environmental change. We know the implementation of thermal technology for elevated body temperature (EBT) detection is a vital piece in helping businesses stay safe as they get back to doing what they do best.”