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Proxy dumps office key cards for a simpler way


Proxy, a San Francisco-based startup, wants to kill the key card and replace it with a mobile app that can access all sorts of devices.

To start off, Proxy has launched a pilot for offices. A technician installs a maximum of two Bluetooth sensors (for the pilot), and from there an account manager can set up accounts for employees and rules.

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When walking towards the door, the Bluetooth sensor will automatically recognize an employee and unlock the door. An account manager can also set up guest accounts for interns or temporary staff.

Most employees bring their phone to work, so it shouldn’t be hard for businesses to deploy Proxy’s sensors in the office. In the next tier stages (coming soon), Proxy will add additional security measures to the app, like two-factor authentication and private cloud services.

proxy-app-androidIn the future, Proxy could be used for more than office doors. Users could connect any IoT device to the sensor, removing the need to sign-in to a specific IoT device to make changes.

Some IoT devices already use Bluetooth to recognize a specific person inside the house. Nest’s smart thermostat recognizes when a member of the house enters or leaves, and adjusts the temperature accordingly.

Co-founders Denis Mars and Simon Ratner have been working on Proxy for over a year and have already seen a lot of interest in the Bay Area. Twenty companies have reportedly signed up, according to TechCrunch.

The first also recently raised $1.6 million from Y Combinator and Blackbird Ventures. It was part of the most recent Y Combinator accelerator, which provides funding and support to tech startups.

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This smart office may make you want to work late


Imagine having a personal monitoring system at work that makes sure the temperature is always perfect for you, and turns lights on or off whenever you enter or leave a room.

This is what the employees at Carlo Ratti Associati , an international design and innovation firm, get to experience every day.

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Carlo Ratti Associati has produced ‘Office 3.0,’ a newly developed smart system for the workplace that takes the Internet of Things to a whole new playing field.

Specially designed for the firm’s Agnelli Foundation headquarters in Torino, Italy, this amazing technology offers personalized heating, lighting and cooling that follows occupants around their office. The firm’s goal is to reduce energy use by up to 40 percent, with the aid of this new technology system.

How this new office works

A network of sensors called the Building Management System monitor each individual’s movements along with different sets of data including temperature, CO2 concentration, occupancy levels and the status of meeting rooms.  Using the information collected, the system then responds accordingly and sends instructions throughout the building.

It will turn off lights in a room that is not being used, or heat meeting spaces right before people need to use them. When an individual leaves a certain area, the room automatically enters a standby mode, similar to what a computer does when it isn’t being used.

The Building Management System works via an app that all employees are asked to download.  Each individual enters their temperature preferences along with other data, which is how the “weather sphere” surrounds them during their work day, knowing what degree to set their offices at.

Carlo Ratti, Director of the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the founder of Carlo Ratti Associati states, “Today, a lot of energy is wasted heating or cooling empty buildings. By synchronizing energy usage and human occupancy within buildings we can create a more sustainable and responsive architecture.”

Office 3.0 offers an amazing example of what future work places can offer.  This technology could be used for other places such as stores or apartments too.  With the amount of energy it can potentially save, this cost effective program may become the norm in a few more years.

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