Hewlett Packard Enterprise launched a handful of systems for business continuity and reopening offices amid thepandemic.
The effort comes as a bevy of enterprise vendors have launched products based on early efforts with customers. Recent efforts include:
- IBM launches Watson Works aimed at managing work's new normal amid COVID-19
- Fitbit rolls out 'Ready for Work' COVID-19 symptom tracker
- Zebra rolls out MotionWorks Proximity so enterprises can track worker social distancing, COVID-19 contact tracing
- Salesforce launches new Work.com products for post-coronavirus planning
- ServiceNow launches four-app suite to manage the move back to the office
HPE's approach revolves around controlling the spread of COVID-19 with its software, hardware, and services. The company said it has customers in airport operations, food processing, and retail using its technology for social distancing, contact tracing, touchless entry, fever detection, and augmented reality.
According to the company, the return-to-work technologies are deployed by its Pointnext Services unit using HPE EdgeLine systems, ProLiant servers, and Aruba infrastructure. The systems breakdown like this:
- Social distance tracing and tracking so employers can stay within guidelines. Employees can use Bluetooth-enabled devices if they are too close to a co-worker for too long. Companies can also monitor and manage face mask usage via video analytics.
- Touchless entry using facia recognition.
- Fever detection using thermal cameras, machine learning, and video analytics to alert staff.
- Augmented reality and visual remote guidance for remote maintenance operations.
- Workplace alerts and information sharing via apps and dashboards based on location.
HPE already has its Intelligent Workplace as a Service suite for enterprises to manage workplaces to boost productivity, retain talent, cut costs, and manage COVID-19.