Guest blog post by Melissa Tetreau, Product Marketing Manager at Kronos, Inc.
“This map shows everyone. Where they are, what they are doing, every minute of every day.”
I recently read an article posted on fastcolabs.com called How (And Why) To Hack Your Office With iBeacons. The article tells the story about how a Digital Advertising company, Huge, is beginning to use iBeacon technology in the workplace –for example “Being able to guide an employee or guest to a specific conference room could cut out a lot of wasted time.”
Throughout the article I kept wondering how there weren’t more documented cases like this. With such hot topics – location services and Harry Potter – how come more companies weren’t trying to make the magical Marauders Map a reality?
For the readers that are unfamiliar with the Harry Potter, allow me to explain the Marauders Map. The map is a magical map of Hogwarts – naturally. At first glance, it is simply a blank piece of parchment; but with a little magic it becomes a detailed layout of Hogwarts. The map displays the location of everyone within the castle and its grounds, and includes the location of passageways and instructions on how to access them. As a character in the movie simply states, “This map shows everyone. Where they are, what they are doing, every minute of every day.”
Unfortunately as common folk we do not have access to magic spells and wizardry, but we do have the ability to build great technology. As Kronos works to solve problems within the workforce management environment, this article gives great insight into how location services can be brought indoors. Tracking people, tracking supplies, and tracking rooms are all cases that could potential add value within companies willing to adopt this type of idea.
While tracking people may have a negative connotation, it opens doors for those people willing to see the bigger picture. “For example, if we gather the location data of all our employees, we can identify high and low traffic areas. That data could then be used to inform climate/lighting controls for specific areas, resulting in a more ‘green’ office.”
To read the full article – which I highly recommend – click on the article below: