To help companies adjust to fluid hybrid work models, Logitech is launching a new desk booking service running on the new Logi Dock Flex device that delivers a hotdesking experience for employees and gives IT a better ability to manage shared desks across multiple locations.
The company calls the Logi Dock Flex a new fully-featured managed docking station built for shared desks in flexible work environments designed to help companies optimize their office space and provide insights on how work spaces are being used.
According to Scott Wharton, general manager of Logitech B2B, the Logi Dock Flex and new hotdesking service is designed to help companies encourage employees to come back to the office by helping them plan their in-office days.
“We took a multidimensional approach to building Logi Dock Flex that not only solves desk booking and management issues, but promotes social collaboration and gives IT and workplace managers data on how the tech and space are being used,” Wharton says in a statement.
Helping employees plan their office visits
With Logitech’s desk booking service–which can be used without the Logi Dock Flex and is free through the company’s Sync management portal–employees can plan days in the office with their teams, book a desk through Logi Tune and notify their teammates in-app. Once on-site, they plug into Logi Dock Flex with a single USB cable and get to work, the company says.
The Logi Dock Flex is an 8-inch display with six USB ports that supports dual display, network connection and up to 100 wats of power, allowing for secure standard-issue device connections and BYOD scenarios.
According to Logitech, the device allows employees to personalize their workstation with their own background photo and away message, and join meetings with one touch through calendar integrations with the Logi Tune app. For ad-hoc booking, the display signals whether the desk is available or not.
Helping IT manage hybrid work
For IT teams, the Logi Dock Flex allows them to install and deploy the device at scale with secure cable management, and the Logitech Sync management software allows IT to remotely monitor and manage the device, including adjusting booking settings, managing equipment and customizing according to the organization’s hybrid work policies.
In addition, the Logi Dock Flex’s multiservice capability allows IT to choose Microsoft Teams, Zoom or Logitech’s own desk booking service. Other services will be available at a later date.
However, the Logitech desk booking service is managed through Logitech Sync and can be deployed with either Logi Dock Flex or by using QR codes to work stand-alone, not requiring any purchase of Logitech hardware, the company says.
Logi Dock Flex also provides real-time insights and analytics on space usage to help organizations understand how flexible office and return-to-office policies are performing, the company says.
The device will be available in Fall 2023 with a suggested price of $699.
The desk booking service is available for free now. Premium features of the booking service like usage insights, alerts, and floor plan maps are free during the public beta through July 1, 2024.
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