March 20, 2020

ASD® COVID-19 Initiatives

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At ASD®, the safety and well-being of our clients, technicians, suppliers, and associates are our top priority. Our heart goes out to those families who have lost loved ones. Our primary mission during these times is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate its further impacts in the workplace.

We are part of an industry that helps keep people safe. As such, we believe it is time to provide guidance on how technology can be used to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace.

As an organization that provides both technology consulting and multi-site contracting, we are uniquely positioned to help clients design and expeditiously implement these solutions across their enterprise.

We think this starts with helping clients to take advantage of existing features in their current systems that can be repurposed for this fight. Then we look to new IoT devices that can help them better run the business during this time and in the future.

Our consulting team is looking to partner with like organizations such as architects, engineers, occupational safety consultants, HVAC experts, and other construction trades who are developing solutions for workplace re-entry. Although we believe tech is incredibly important, we attempt to take a holistic view and understand that we are just part of the equation. The ASD® team has been assembling and reviewing technologies, that when working together, can help combat the transmission of COVID-19.

We have broken the COVID-19 workplace technologies into (5) categories:

  1. Touchless Technologies – The primary purpose is to slow the spread of germs. Reducing common office touchpoints can help safeguard against the spread of COVID-19 on surfaces.
  2. Screening Technologies – The primary purpose is to limit symptomatic people from entering your space. By screening people before they enter, you can identify those who are symptomatic but unaware. We can also help trace where they have been in the building using reports from card access systems and video surveillance.
  3. Distancing Technologies – The primary purpose is to encourage and maintain social distancing guidelines. These systems monitor people density and encourage those in the space to maintain a safe, 6-foot physical distance from others.
  4. Automation Technologies – The primary purpose is to enhance the new workflow and improve your re-entry plan. Integrations between workplace systems can provide detailed alerts and analytics that will enhance your new workflow’s efficiency and effectiveness.
  5. Workplace Reconfiguration – The primary goal is to create a space designed with COVID-19 precautions in mind. Deploying IoT devices, reconfiguring layouts, and low voltage cable installations for newly designed spaces can help safeguard your workplace.

Our deployment division is working with several manufacturers who are looking to gear up for large national rollouts of COVID-19 tech.  ASD® provides staging, logistics, and rapid field deployment for many IoT manufacturers. We act as an extension of their team to help them quickly get their products to market. We are expanding the demand to roll out new technologies to continue to grow over the coming months.

ASD® project managers and onsite support teams are addressing the situation with new protocols. These measures minimize risk for our technicians and allow us to continue to deliver the quality of service that our clients expect.

Our preventative measures align with State and Federal Government Health Departments. This starts with our office employees who are empowered to work from home if they see fit and can do so. Our teams have always been highly collaborative, and ASD’s systems are cloud-based, so the WFH transition has been easy for us. Although all nonessential business travel has been paused, we’ve made use of our technology to ensure quality in the field.

Regarding our onsite work, we have a few key rules.

  1. If anyone on our team is experiencing a fever or suspects they have COVID-19 they are not authorized to visit a job site or ASD® facility until being cleared by a medical professional, or until state, federal, local, and CDC guidelines are met.
  2. For projects that are continuing to run, or coming back online, technicians who go onsite are taking extra precautions to ensure alignment with social distancing recommendations by the CDC. These additional precautions include:
    • Practicing good hygiene before and while onsite.
    • Having alcohol wipes on hand and wiping down all of the surfaces they touch.
    • Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks while onsite.
  3. Adhering to split shift requests from Owner Groups or General Contractors to reduce the number of people onsite at a time to promote social distancing.

As we move forward and the situation develops, we will continue to communicate any necessary information on this page and the ASD® COVID-19 Technology Solutions page. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please fill out the Contact Us form on our website.

About the author 

Mike Castiglione

Michael is the Chief Operating Officer at ASD®. He has more than a decade of experience in the workplace technology space. His oversight includes management of ASD® operations, development of the ASD® cloud platform OMNI, and key initiatives to continuously improve the ASD® client experience.

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