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IWMS Vendors Bring Space Reservation Tools Beyond The Desktop With Digital Signage

IWMS (Integrated Workplace Management System) vendors continue to launch a flurry of new products aimed at helping employees better navigate workplaces and book space. Some of the latest product releases make interactive kiosks and touch screens central to the proposition – providing employees tools that can be easily accessed while moving through buildings. Witness FM:Systems launching bookMe in October 2017 which enables employees to use digital signage and mobile apps to find and reserve space, and Trimble launching LiveSign Pro Touch Panels in November 2017 powered by Manhattan software, enabling the convenient booking of space. Other IWMS vendors such as ARCHIBUS and Planon also make their space reservation solutions available on touchscreens.

What is interesting about these emerging digital signage solutions is the focus on engaging employees beyond the desktop. This is a different mindset to what’s occurred historically - many IWMS applications were designed for use on desktops with mobile apps added later. Why is that important? It allows for solutions that are designed to be used by employees on the go, with a very specific specification around engaging building users with simple and intuitive user interfaces.

Digital signage-based space reservation tools will be most useful for very large workplaces that lack fixed desk assignments as workers are on the move and looking for free space. These solutions also provide some additional convenience; workers can quickly book and check out of meetings to free up space, by tapping a screen or swiping a RFID card.

For more insights into the space reservation capabilities of IWMS vendors, including Accruent, ARCHIBUS, Axxerion, FM:Systems, FSI, IBM, Indus Systems, iOFFICE, MCS Solutions, Planon, Qube Global, Service Works Group and Trimble, read our latest software benchmark report Green Quadrant® Integrated Workplace Management Systems.