Soon, many organizations will need to start thinking about returning their employees to the office. The post-COVID world is likely to be a different one than we’re used to, with social distancing becoming the new norm.
How can we make this new 1-meter (according to the WHO guidelines) economy easier to navigate? We show you how you can utilize MazeMap’s solutions to help things run more smoothly.
 Assign desks with MazeMap’s indoor mapping platform
MazeMap can help you to implement a new seating plan that accommodates the 1-meter (3 feet) social distancing recommendations - or whichever measure of distance that’s been recommended in your country. Our Map Editor allows you to map out desks, assign color schemes and names to visually convey the new safe seating arrangements. A URL can then be sent to each employee, showing them where their new desk is located in the building.
If you wish to implement a desk booking system, we can use our booking tool to help you achieve this. Employees will be able to select and book their desks in advance, which can be helpful in letting the cleaning staff know which desks to clean and disinfect in between uses.
 Allow employees to check meeting room availability without leaving their desks
In the same way that you can book a desk, MazeMap’s meeting room visualization tool allows you to view all meeting rooms in your office and see whether they are available. They will show up as red on the map if they are in use and green if they are free. You can also integrate this tool with sensors so that if the room is booked in the calendar, but not actually in use, then it will free up again after X amount of idle time. This allows for more efficient use of your spaces.
Coming soon: Cisco and MazeMap are currently developing a split room solution, which will help users to main social distancing regulations. You can see the proposed solution in action in the video below.
 Visualize occupancy data with our heatmaps
Another useful visualization tool is MazeMap’s heatmaps. Our heatmaps allow you to see where people are located around the office by integrating with WiFi access points or sensors. The heatmaps can be added to kiosks and information screens located around the building, allowing staff to find the quieter areas in the office.
MazeMap offers a multiple map views feature, which allows IT and facilities managers to keep the occupancy heat maps private if they wish. You also have the option to mark on POI’s or rooms that are only relevant to cleaning or maintenance staff, such as cleaning supply cupboards or maintenance areas.
 Mark out important POI’s relating to health & safety
In addition to showing POI’s that are only visible to certain groups, you can also add POI’s that are visible to everyone. These POI’s might include areas where hand sanitizing products are available, areas where cleaning materials are located, and areas where personal protective equipment (PPE) is kept.
 Control occupancy in high-risk areas using geo-fencing
As well as using POI’s to mark out important features, they can also be used to guide staff through high-risk areas, such as canteens. Geo-fencing can be added to these areas, allowing facilities managers to make sure that only a set number of people enter at one time. You can also add reminders for staff to maintain a distance between them and their colleagues.
 Redirect staff via the safest possible routes
Finally, MazeMap’s Map Editor tool allows you to customize your paths in order to control the flow of traffic around the office. If you wish to close certain areas off, you can redirect the map paths to take people a different route. If there are narrow areas that you wish to avoid sending people through, you can choose to reroute them through the wider parts of the office.
 Contactless check-in for employees, contractors, and visitors
To minimise face-to-face contact, MazeMap allows you to download a QR code which can be printed out and added to your help desk. If visitors need directions, they can scan the QR code using their smartphone. This will open up a building map, where they can then search for specific rooms, or points of interest.
 Contact tracing
MazeMap’s contact tracing solution allows your building users to check-in to specific locations within the office. This way, their movement around the building can be tracked, and a record can be kept of the places and people they have been in contact with. If someone tests positive for COVID-19, then those they have been in contact with can be notified so that they can take the necessary precautions.
If you’d like to discuss how MazeMap can help out your organization, get in touch for a non-committal chat.
By combining MazeMap’s interactive indoor maps with your Facilities Management System (FMS) or Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS), you get a service that helps to keep campus managers engaged with building users.
With recent advances in technology, organizations within the corporate, education, and healthcare sectors are seeing the opportunity to create smarter buildings that make use of a range of innovative digital technologies, such as heatmaps.