IBM has introduced new capabilities in its IBM TRIRIGA integrated workplace management system that is designed to use artificial intelligence and near real-time insights to help organizations create a safe, productive and efficient workplace.

These new capabilities include dynamic space planning, indoor wayfinding and a virtual assistant and are designed to help support organizations’ return to work and support employee well-being and productivity.

IBM worked closely with IBM technology partners Cisco and Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, to expand TRIRIGA’s capabilities.

Esri provides an indoor mapping solution that can help employees offset time wasted searching for available desks or office rooms and finding colleagues. “IBM and Esri have had a long-standing, successful partnership integrating IBM’s analytics and AI solutions with Esri’s location intelligence technology. The combination of IBM TRIRIGA and ArcGIS Indoors creates a powerful facilities management system,” said Robert Laudati, director, Global Partners and Alliances, Esri. “We are pleased to be part of improving productivity and safety in workplaces, campuses, and facilities together with IBM.”

Building upon its collaboration with Cisco DNA Spaces, IBM offers TRIRIGA integrations, such as density heatmapping, that are designed to help enable near real-time occupancy monitoring that alerts facility managers to the number of people in a given space based on WiFi and occupancy-sensing devices. Facility managers can use this information to manage capacity in high-traffic areas and the API endpoints to configure their own automated workflows, such as an alert that an area needs cleaning once occupancy exceeds a certain threshold.

New capabilities include:

  • Indoor Mapping Powered by Esri ArcGIS Indoors This new feature, accessible via mobile devices, makes it easier for employees and visitors to maintain social distancing, avoid crowded areas and find available desks, meeting rooms and even their colleagues.

  • Dynamic Space Planning Developed by IBM Research, TRIRIGA’s dynamic space planning can allow facility managers to determine proper social distancing between workspaces as they plan their new layouts. The feature helps users adapt to rapidly changing circumstances, whether it’s new COVID-19 protocols or workspace setups, by allowing them to test different seating arrangements, provide adequate spacing and maintain enough seating for both group and individual work.
  • Density Heat Mapping To better manage space and social distancing, TRIRIGA now offers heat mapping as part of its integration with Cisco DNA Spaces. A new dashboard charts space usage and manages occupancy against limited capacity. The maps’ near real-time view updates every 15 minutes when refreshed so that facility managers can see what areas are most populated and when. Data collected can be used, with AI, to detect anomalies and predict when areas are likely to be highly populated. This can be useful to both monitor for capacity rates in the immediate return and prevent congestion in areas with high foot traffic, such as the cafeteria, once employees are back. 

  • TRIRIGA Assistant TRIRIGA now offers TRIRIGA Assistant. This AI chatbot can be embedded into office messaging and collaboration tools to process direct requests like booking a room or locating a colleague’s assigned seat.