(This is a paid feature on Aruba.)
Going back to work after the MCO was lifted meant that most offices had to adopt new workplace guidelines with employee safety in mind.
For most of us, this means scanning the temperature and awkwardly tilting our phones until the mySejahtera QR code is scanned every time we walk into our offices.
However, if you work for a large company and arrive during rush hour, you can stand in line for a while, waiting for your turn, wasting valuable time. Yes, we know all of this is necessary. When someone is infected but showing no symptoms, we rely on these measures to help contain the spread.
However, the contact tracing process can be lengthy.
With the advancement of technology coupled with improvements in AI capabilities, it only makes sense for us to rely on technology to handle COVID-19 safely and quickly. This is one of the services that the Aruba Edge Services Platform (ESP) offers.
Create a new, simplified check-in process
Aruba ESP empowers your business by providing your workplace with advanced tools for contact and location tracking, contactless visitor management, and heat mapping for a safer work environment.
example: Once a visitor has arrived and gone through the check-in process and is later found to be infected, the PIC can use proximity tracing to do a simple query based on a username or MAC address to determine with whom he came into contact is the infected visitor.
How Aruba ESP Uses Wi-Fi to Contact Trace / Image Credit: Aruba
Using Wi-Fi and location services built into the office network, Aruba can notify the PIC and then take relevant action as soon as they have access to who or where the employees are. This enables faster action.
Using the same detection tool, Aruba ESP could also search for hotspots and heat maps and inform the PIC of locations with the highest pedestrian traffic so that it can organize frequent hygiene measures.
All of this is managed through a single platform. Aruba Central. Deploying Aruba ESP in the workplace is also easy. The company can easily install the devices in their offices without drilling or breaking walls.
The Aruba ESP ecosystem isn't just about contact tracing, however. It can also serve as a solution to equip and connect your employees who work from home and the teams who may still be in the rotation office.
Secure access to important documents for WFH employees
When working remotely, higher-level employees often have to exchange, sign or authorize important documents. If the documents are not encrypted or sent securely, they can be intercepted by malicious parties. And that could cause irreversible damage to the company.
With Aruba Central, you can provide your employees with Aruba Remote Access Points (RAPs) that act like a VPN router for them Access to files stored on the Office serverall the way from home.
Note: The RAPs are physical devices that employees take home. This enables them to remotely access encrypted corporate documents.
Photo credit: Aruba
Even if you don't have tech-savvy employees, you can set up Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP). It just means your in-house IT team can take this over and set it up instead.
The IT team can also remotely manage and troubleshoot an employee's network using Zero Trust Security and other cloud management tools under Aruba ESP.
Note: Aruba will host a one-day webinar to demonstrate how using Aruba ESP can create a safer work environment. Register here to sign up and receive a toolkit (which includes information, recordings, and research notes shared during the webinar).
Bridging the gap between hybrid workplaces
With no known cure for the COVID-19 virus (so far), we have accepted that this new norm will be the way we make our lives for a while. However, Aruba believes that companies can continue to use the technology to their advantage.
At this rate, workplaces are likely to add more IoT-enabled devices, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth to their business in the near future. Aruba ESP has open APIs and AI-curated data that companies can use to optimize and change processes to suit their business.
Aruba is also working with well-known partners like Herman Miller and Gensler to develop smart workspaces that are socially distant-friendly.
In a study by Aruba, 74% of organizations around the world were affected by the pandemic. So if they want to adjust to the new normal, they need to look for new and safer approaches to employees, whether they work from home or the office.
To learn more about how Aruba ESP can transform your workplace, you can attend a one-day webinar Aruba is hosting for free through Zoom.
Aruba experts will share methods of using Aruba ESP to create a secure workspace and keep your employees connected even when they are working from home.
- Register for the free Aruba Edge Services Platform (ESP): Solution from Hybrid Workplace webinar Here.
- Once registered, you will also receive a toolkit that contains the recordings of the webinar as well as additional research / infographics not included in the webinar.
- The webinar starts on September 29th at 10:00 a.m.
- For more information on Aruba ESP, click Here.