Location Sharing

How Indoor Navigation Technology Fits into the Future of Office Design

By | Corporate Solutions, Location Sharing

The standard workplace has been experiencing a bit of a revolution in recent years. With a focus on flexibility, innovation, collaboration, workspace efficiency, and technology, in particular indoor navigation technology, many major companies have started making some serious changes in the way they do business. As a reflection of these changes in workplace practices, corporate solutions for the nature of office design has also been shifting.

Changes in Office Design

office cubicle indoor navigation app

Long gone are the days when all essential employees had their own individual offices. Those went by the wayside years ago when corporations decided to maximize space through the use of cubicles.


While many companies still utilize cubicles, pioneers in the business world started doing away with them years ago, making way for open floor plans with long tables and shared workspaces.

Long table shared workspace indoor navigation app

But companies are starting to learn that this type of one-size-fits-all office design is inefficient because it doesn’t reflect the wide variety of tasks that their employees engage in. According to this article in the New York Times, the new wave in office design is creating an array of flexible activity-based workspaces.

Modern Office Design: What’s on the Horizon

Implementing activity-based workstations means that employees may no longer have a desk to call their own. Instead of each individual completing the majority of their work in one location, employees will move to different spaces depending on the task they’re working on.

For example, if an employee is collaborating with others on a project, they can go to an alcove with a whiteboard wall to brainstorm or discuss developments at a teamwork table. If the employee has a report to write and needs quiet in order to concentrate, they can utilize an isolated booth designed for privacy.

Businesses are also recognizing the need to be flexible in the modern workplace. Because the needs of the company and its employees are constantly changing, many businesses are including flex spaces and moveable walls so that they can make adjustments when necessary.

Potential Problems with Activity-Based Workspaces

While all these changes in office design are great for increasing collaboration and tapping into the needs of employees, they do present some problems.

The primary issue with the elimination of permanent assigned desks is that finding people may prove to be difficult. How do you know where an employee is at any given time? Are they in the lounge, in a conference room, at a team table, or in an isolation room?

If an employee needs to consult with a co-worker but is unable to locate them, this can waste precious work time, deter collaboration, and lead to frustration.

Indoor Location Tracking Solves Modern Office Design Problems

Thankfully, indoor navigation technology provides a practical solution to problems associated with modern office design.

There are many benefits to investing in indoor location tracking, one of which is the ability to share one’s location. Using the company-specific location navigation app, people can choose to share their whereabouts with coworkers, making them much easier to find.

Having the right kind of indoor navigation app & technology can even provide detailed directions on how to reach the person you’re looking for from the point where you are standing. Using indoor location tracking is so much more efficient than the old-fashioned method of just wandering around from area to area in search of someone.

Reserve Meeting Space with Indoor Location Tracking

Indoor navigation technology is essential for businesses that are moving toward flexible activity-based office design. Not only can indoor location tracking be used to find employees more easily, it also helps with the management of space.

indoor location tracking solves modern office design problems

Imagine that your team needs to set up a meeting to discuss a new project. You plan to gather in the area designated for team collaboration but when you get there, all the tables are already occupied. With indoor navigation technology and location sharing integrated into existing meeting room reservation software, you can use the technology to reserve work spaces that are the most conveniently located.

Integration of indoor location tracking technology with existing reservation apps helps corporate employees secure space in advance and eliminate scheduling conflicts. And in the same way, for impromptu meetings, employees can determine which rooms are available and which are the best location according to where they are at the moment. This convenience will save employees an inordinate amount of time and energy.

Indoor Navigation Apps are Flexible, Just Like Modern Office Spaces

Companies also need to utilize indoor location tracking in order to keep up with the flexible nature of the modern workplace. Here’s why: let’s say a consultant is visiting your office building for the first time. If your company only has a printed map or directory available and you’ve made changes to your office layout, the consultant will have a hard time finding the right location.

With indoor navigation technology, it’s easy to change the map of your office. Any time your workspace is reconfigured, you can have a new version of the map uploaded to your indoor navigation app. That way visitors and employees alike will have no problem finding their way around your office. SPREO’s cutting edge mapping engine makes this an easy adjustment for any modern business.

Modern Office Design + Indoor Navigation Technology = Perfect Partners

The nature of office design is changing, and changing for the better. Companies are creating flexible workspaces that better reflect how their employees actually conduct business. These changes in office design, when used in conjunction with indoor navigation technology, will serve to increase collaboration, innovation, productivity, and employee well being.

Spreo Indoor Location Solutions Presents Next Generation Indoor Real-Time Location System Powered By Bluetooth, Cloud & Mobile

By | Location Sharing, News

Orlando, Fla. – April 29, 2016 – Spreo offers an integrated solution with Hardware, Software and Services for an accurate, proven and cost-effective asset tracking platform. Cutting-edge BLE beacon technology enables a competitive alternative to current RFID solutions and IoT technology. The Spreo Global Tracking Platform is a scaleable, agile and cloud-based solution that addresses client requirements for tracking, managing and reporting asset and personnel location in any type of venue.

Spreo is proud to announce that it is demonstrating its disruptive Bluetooth-based RTLS product suite at RFID LIVE! 2016, May 3-5 in Orlando, Florida. Stop by Booth 728E in the IoT Pavilion to learn more about the technology features and benefits. See the blue-boxed and highlighted section in the map below to see where Spreo’s booth is located. Spreo is also offering scheduling of private demos and one-on-one meetings. Please contact us at info@spreo.co for more information and to schedule a demo meeting.

Categories: Wireless sensors, Other, Asset tracking solutions, Enterprise solutions (other), Real-time location systems

SPREO Selected as a Finalist at the Citi Mobile Challenge U.S. 2014

By | Events, Geofencing, Location Sharing, News

citi-mobile-challenge With SPREO technology live in several malls, hospitals and office buildings around the world, we approached the Citi Mobile Challenge U.S. 2014 as an opportunity to demonstrate our technology and its many valuable benefits and use cases in the ‘FinTech’ (Finance technology) sector.

Our submission was CILE, Customer Identification and Local Engagement, a BLE-based SDK location platform that provides bank staff and visitors with account information and contextual information to enrich the banking experience and increase efficiencies.

CILE-customer-screen Each teller, equipped with a license and integration of the CILE SDK on their corporate mobile device, tablet or computer, would receive location-based notifications and customer information in real-time. This mobile solution empowers local bank tellers to offer the best customer service in the world and provides several competitive advantages. In our mind, the solution is relevant to banking, casinos, hotels, clubs… any venue that has customers and benefits from a customer-centric and personalized concierge app.

A panel of entrepreneurs, investors and leaders in technology and banking reviewed our submission and selected SPREO as a finalist. There were three demonstration events: Silicon Valley on Nov. 10, New York on Nov. 12, and Miami on Nov. 14. SPREO presented at the New York City demo at a venue just minutes from our lower midtown headquarters.

Jorge Ruiz, Business Development and Digital Banking Head for Citi Latin America, spearheaded the Citi Mobile Challenges, and remarked, “The competitors have infused our organization with innovative ideas in both the Consumer and Corporate Banking areas, which will be at the forefront of mobile banking innovation. Their contributions have the potential to impact millions around the world, and we look forward to continue working with each of them over the coming months.”

Jorge Rubio, Inclusive Finance & Microfinance Head for Citi Latin America added, “Digital technologies and mobile channels have enormous potential to expand financial inclusion across markets. We couldn’t be happier with the results because many of the solutions presented can help us better serve our institutional clients as they expand the outreach in their supply and distribution chains, while at the same time contributing to the development of more inclusive financial systems.”

SPREO is proud to be awarded as a finalist in the competition, after hundreds of submissions were reviewed, and we want to thank Jorge and everyone at Citibank for the great opportunity and experience.

Citi is offering a total of $100,000 in prizes, with $50,000 being awarded to the most Innovative Mobile Solution and $50,000 given to the best Internet of Things/Wearable idea. The finalists that are selected will also be invited to conduct a commercial relationship with the bank and may even be able to implement their concepts into Citi’s partner accelerator programs.