Yesterday, Kaon launched a free space planning tool based on our widely used enterprise lab and space configuration tool. This application is designed to help small and medium businesses around the world reopen safely while following internationally recommended physical distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Current space planning methods include manual (paper) approaches, tape measures and paid software. However, due to the rapid evolution of guidelines worldwide for reopening restaurants, bars, gyms, offices, schools, and other public-facing organizations, owners and managers need a more agile tool that allows them to adapt quickly to new and shifting guidelines and government requirements.
According to a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey, as businesses begin to make adaptations, including requiring six feet of distance, more than six in 10 (62%) are concerned about the risks the virus poses to their employees and customers.
In response, we have built a first-of-its-kind interactive tool for COVID-19 space planning that uses the power of the Kaon platform and 3D technology to design and visualize floor-plan configurations to implement safe distancing.
The user-friendly Kaon COVID-19 Space Planning Tool enables users to start with their business’ exact floor plan and square footage. Once the floor plan has been established, unmovable features (such as walls, windows, doors, fixed furniture, etc.) and furnishings may be added from a library of objects using a simple drag-and-drop action. Objects that indicate the presence of a person (e.g. a chair in a restaurant, or a floor decal indicating where people should stand in line in a store) automatically flag to the user when they are closer than six feet apart. Once completed, the 2D floor plan can transition to 3D immersive and interactive experiences at the touch of a button.
This space planning tool also can demonstrate space evolutions by comparing existing and new layouts, allowing users to easily scale capacity up or down. Various versions of floor plans can be saved and shared with multiple constituents for review and validation.