[Article] AI can make workplaces efficient and intelligent: Dinesh Malkani, ex-president (India, Saarc) Cisco

Jul 15th, 2020Source : The Financial Express
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One of the biggest challenges for companies during this pandemic is to ensure a safe work environment for employees. In an extended period of uncertainty, to reopen workplaces is to reinvent the business. Smarten Spaces, a fast-growing PropTech startup, is assisting businesses with its back-to-work app—Jumpree WorkSafe— to assist in business continuity as per social distancing norms. Dinesh Malkani, ex-president (India & Saarc) for Cisco, and founder, Smarten Spaces, talks about the anticipated changes at the workplace, current inefficiencies and the role of emerging technologies during and post Covid-19, in an interview with Sudhir Chowdhary. Excerpts:

As the third worst-hit nation, how do you see India reopening its offices and getting people back to work?

Safety and space optimisation are the two topmost priorities. As we prepare for the unlocking phase, companies are trying to identify how to work in this new normal without compromising on the safety of their people. All this requires seamless processes to be integrated into the workplace with transparent communication about guidelines and protocols. Technology can help implement such practices while giving the employees and management a single connected platform for workplace safety.

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