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A preview of tomorrow’s enterprise office

Normally, what happens in Vegas stays on the strip. But this isn’t one of those times; we’re eager to share details from our recent trip to Atmosphere 2015, a weeklong conference put on by Aruba Networks that talked about the future of the enterprise office.

What does the future of the enterprise office look like?

Historically, Aruba’s focus has been wireless networking. But we’re big fans of how they’re starting to use BLE beacons with their indoor wayfinding platform Meridian (Aruba acquired Meridian in 2013).

Meridian indoor wayfinding
Meridian’s indoor wayfinding tools

They use “indoor GPS” to provide people with real-time information about the locations they’re in. One application is the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, where beacons power turn-by-turn navigation and deliver contextually relevant information to people’s mobile phones. Instead of missing the action during a 49ers game to stand in line for concessions, the app shows directions to the beer stand with the shortest line or lets fans order snacks right to their seats.

During his product keynote, CTO Keerti Melkote demonstrated benefits of adding beacons in retail, hospitality, and enterprise spaces, especially as customers move towards mobile-first connectivity.

A fake conference room running Robin for Aruba's keynote
Keerti Melkote (CTO, Aruba), Ben Gibson (CMO, Aruba) and Kiyo Kubo (CEO, Meridian) doing a live demo of Robin.

Showcasing the future of work

We were particularly excited to collaborate with Aruba and Meridian for their “future of the workplace” demo, which showcased a custom wayfinding integration with Robin’s mobile app. For the demo, we added Meridian’s SDK into our Android app, allowing people to pull up a map to the nearest available conference room from the list:

Indoor office wayfinding with custom version of Robin and Meridian
Using Meridian, this version of Robin added distance to each available room.
Office gps map with turn directions in Robin
Booking a meeting room through this version of Robin included the option to navigate there.

Beacons for all industries

Aruba’s vision of the future is not far off. In a hospital, a patient’s chart will automatically open when her doctor approaches. In a classroom, a teacher can take attendance from his mobile phone and see when and where truant students were last seen. In offices, meeting rooms book themselves when someone walks into them, and people can easily find and book meeting rooms from their mobile phones.

Sound familiar? We think so too. The team had a great time showcasing future office tech, and we owe the awesome teams at Aruba (Meridian) a big thanks for asking us to share Robin with their customers.

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