Humanscale wants you to leave your desk

Humanscale has been promoting ergonomics for a while now, and was one of the first to propose sit/stand systems. Now they’ve taken that health-centered ethos to the next level with the launch of OfficeIQ, a new system developed in collaboration with Detroit-based Tome Software. A connected workspace software solution, it incorporates intelligence into height adjustable workstations to help companies monitor product utilization and enable users to make healthy choices throughout the day. Available to order in Q1 2016, it is the next big step in turning traditional offices into active, intelligent workspaces.

Humanscale Founder and CEO, Robert King, says “OfficeIQ is in line with our focus on solutions that are inherently simple and easy to use, yet have a real impact on wellness in the workplace. It will help to ensure that sit/stand equipment users gain the full benefits of their ergonomic workstations. No one is talking about utilization but this is critical data for the evolving office environment. It can generate cost savings and help employers see real returns on their investments in developing healthier and happier places to work.”

Using occupancy and height sensor technology from a lightweight, portable box positioned on or under the work surface, OfficeIQ provides sit/stand ROI data, calculates caloric expenditure, and gives opt-in users real time feedback on their activity at workstations. Like a wearable, it gamifies the experience. Individuals can receive activity scores and alerts with smart sit/stand reminders, while companies can set up teams to create a friendly competition between departments. Its “Don’t be Creepy” data policy protects the individual’s privacy. In turn, employers receive aggregated data, which enables the company to track occupancy and utilization rates.

And as evidenced at the Consumer Electronics Show, it can also now be applied to task or conference chair casters to monitor occupancy in meeting room settings. This will impact the way companies utilize shared space and could have a significant effect on workplace design.

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Humanscale in Partnership with Tome Launch OfficeIQ
Humanscale in Partnership with Tome Launch OfficeIQ