Dexion solves storage security challenges faced by healthcare workers

As the global trend towards activity-based workplaces (ABW) continues, hospitals are grappling with how to ensure that the personal belongings of a highly mobile workforce are conveniently, safely and securely stored.

ABW sees staff move around their workspace without having a fixed desk; the healthcare sector is all too familiar with this trend. Hospitals have been contending with casual staff and 24-hour rosters, often in limited space with restricted facilities, for many years.

Leading storage specialist, Dexion has been working with hospitals to deliver state-of-the-art storage solutions. According to Dexion’s National Sales Manager, Michael Cumner there has been a significant spike in demand for more dynamic ABW storage in the healthcare industry recently.

“The healthcare sector has always wrestled with a mobile workforce due to rotating staff and shift workers, in addition to casual employees who alternate between hospitals and facilities,” said Mr Cumner.

“As large companies like Google and the Commonwealth Bank move towards ABW, hospitals are increasingly following suit. Dexion’s interactive locking solutions have helped hospitals accommodate their transient workforces by offering a convenient and secure storage options.”

ABW boasts a number of benefits, including:

• Significant cost savings due to catering only for the maximum number of employees who will be in the facility at any given time, ensuring efficient use of space – a precious commodity in the healthcare sector.

• Reduced carbon footprint – the less floor space required, the less energy is consumed.

• Increased access control and security effectiveness through intelligent locking systems.

The modern ABW is not without its challenges and a number of logistical requirements must be met in order to effectively cater for increased mobility. Without individual ownership of particular spaces, it is paramount that personal items are stored securely while individuals are off-site. In high traffic areas, user friendliness and convenience is essential.

“Dexion is working with increasing numbers of organisations to design ABW Lockers, Cabinets and Compactus to meet these evolving demands, keeping versatility and user friendly features at the forefront of our designs. We have incorporated internal and external elements into our storage systems that are robust, functional and secure,” Mr Cumner explained.

Space optimisation is at the core of ABW, which is why Dexion’s Lockers, Cabinets and Compactus are designed to maximise internal capacity while occupying minimal floor space. Products are available in a variety of sizes to ensure proposed solutions meet our customers’ storage applications.

Additionally, locking systems must integrate with intelligent software to allow for multiple users in a dynamic fashion. Given that many organisations already use smart cards for building entry, printer use, and room bookings etc., Dexion’s Lockers, Cabinets and Compactus are easily configured to suit a range of systems.

The intelligent locking systems can either be hard-wired, 3G or freestanding battery operated locks. For the hard-wired and 3G systems, employers have local or remote access to a software system that details lock access history, providing real time visibility and an audit trail of who is using which locks and when.

There is no doubt that the healthcare sector will become even more mobile in the coming years. Dexion will therefore continue to develop the right storage solutions to meet the changing demands of hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

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