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Lenovo announces IoT solutions for returning to work after the coronavirus pandemic

Lenovo provides a single point of accountability for customers across their Back to Work solutions.

Lenovo today announced IoT solutions for businesses returning to work after the coronavirus pandemic – “Think IoT Back to Work Solutions.” Lenovo says it has assembled an ecosystem to make it easier for customers to get back to work 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 turnkey offering, 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 170 countries and expertise supporting more than 125 million devices, Lenovo provides leading solution monitoring and management to keep all these Back to Work Think IoT solutions running for customers.

This is Lenovo’s 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 safety measures within their workplaces. The global pandemic has accelerated the need for transformation – making workplaces safer and products and services more personalized while making business operations more efficient and resilient.

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

Think IoT Solutions support these steps through end-to-end services centered around key workplace actions through carefully selected, proven hardware and software partners, including CXApp, Inpixon, L Squared, Relogix, Openpath, and Viper Imaging.

Lenovo announces IoT solutions for returning to work after the coronavirus pandemic

These solutions help make workplaces safer as employees enter 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 FDA 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)

Lenovo says 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 a 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.”

At a time when IoT solutions are plentiful, single IoT solutions can easily require hundreds of thousands of sensors and endpoints 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.

For more info on Lenovo Think IoT Back to Work Solutions be sure to check out Lenovo’s website.

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