14th October 2020

Anders + Kern partners with XY Sense to offer smart sensor technology for safer office re-entries

  • Anders + Kern has strengthened its digital workplace solution portfolio with a distribution agreement for XY Sense’s real-time computer vision sensor hardware and analytics platform for businesses across the UK 

  • XY Sense has also announced an integration with workplace software platform Space Connect (also distributed by Anders +Kern) to enable an end-to-end solution for COVID-safe office utilisation monitoring and space booking. 

Today, XY Sense is pleased to announce a distribution agreement with Anders + Kern, a leading distributor of workplace technology and software solutions to companies across the United Kingdom. 

XY Sense is an Australian-head quartered proptech startup (co-founded by Serraview Co-Founder, Alex Birch and Luke Murray) that has designed and engineered a world-leading smart sensor platform to help businesses access and act on office space utilisation data in real-time. 

The XY Sense platform consists of proprietary computer vision sensor hardware and an AI powered analytics platform where property teams can monitor workspace utilisation in real-time as well as customise dashboards on things like meeting room occupancy, desk utilisation on a given floor and how teams are physically interacting with the office environment. 

The sensor captures data passively without employees needing to carry a tag or connect to a network.The solution is also private-by-design with the sensor only capturing XY coordinates of people in a given space to protect both privacy and organisational data security. 

Boasting the largest floor coverage (95sqm) and positional accuracy (<30cm /1ft) of any computer vision or thermal sensor on the market, XY Sense requires, on average, 50% fewer sensors for complete floor coverage when compared with other options available on the market. The sensors capture data every 2 seconds, offering truly real-time utilisation analytics with live views of floorplans available for platform subscribers.

Leveraging this real-time capability, XY Sense has also recently announced an API integration with booking automation and visitor management platform Space Connect. This integration will allow joint users to close-the-loop on space booking in agile work environments with XY Sense sensors able to detect whether a booked room, desk or space is actually being used within a given time period. Unused space can be recorded as a no-show and updated via Space Connect to be made available for others to book and use, making offices more efficient and improving experiences for workers.

The integration also supports COVID-safe office re-entries with XY Sense’s real-time monitoring and social distancing alerts able to be configured with Space Connect’s booking features to support new office occupancy limits and safely match supply and demand as people return to offices. For instance, sending an alert when an un-bookable space within 1.5m of another employee is utilised for more than 5 minutes or triggering a request to take a desk or meeting room which has been utilised ‘offline’ for future bookings until it has been cleaned/sanitised. 

Matt Pope, Founder of Space Connect, said; 

“Space Connect already offers advanced COVID-19 space management safety features and with this integration we’re able to use real-time sensor data to close the loop on space booking, usage tracking and cleaning. We’re really excited about this integration with XY Sense and property teams should be too.” 

Commenting on the partnership, Steven Black, Managing Director at A+K, said: 

“XY Sense may be a new market entrant but we’ve been seriously impressed with the large floor coverage, positional accuracy and real-time analytics capability of their workplace sensor solution. The integration with Space Connect takes their offering one step further enabling an end-to-end solution for office utilisation monitoring and space booking that has clear workplace experience benefits beyond just making an office COVID-safe”. 

XY Sense Co-founder and CEO, Alex Birch further commented: 

“We’re excited to be partnering with Anders +Kern to offer a new kind of workplace sensor solution to businesses across the UK. Our advanced workplace sensor system combined with our new integration with Space Connect puts real-time, pinpoint accurate utilisation data in the hands of property teams, helping them ensure a COVID-safe office re-entry and to measure before they act on workplace changes or downsizing in response to changed market conditions.” 

Click here to learn more about the XY Sense and Space Connect integration visit our dedicated page.

A+K UK Ltd