IBM today launched Watson Works, a set of products that leverages Watson Artificial Intelligence (AI) models and applications for helping companies navigate through several aspects pertaining to the return-to-workplace challenge due to the extended lockdowns enforced slow the spread of COVID-19.
Returning to the workplace during deadly pandemic needs new approaches in a bid to promote the health, safety and productivity of workers in a privacy-preserving way. Watson Works offers data-driven insights for assisting the employers in making informed decisions on workplace re-entry, facilities management, space allocation and other COVID-related priorities.
“We’ve designed Watson Works to help businesses navigate the workplace with the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis as effectively as possible,” said Bob Lord, Senior Vice President, Cognitive Applications, Blockchain and Ecosystems, IBM.
“Applying AI models and applications is especially useful in this context, where there are so many different sources of information businesses must consider, and every aspect of the situation is in flux.”
Subram Natarajan, Chief Technology Officer, IBM India, said “It cannot be overstated just how disruptive the COVID-19 pandemic has been to businesses worldwide. As most of the global economies and businesses reopen, organizations are facing the complex challenge of returning people to workplaces in a way that prioritizes the health, safety and productivity of employees. Watson Works has been made available to enable companies to leverage AI for reinventing themselves to adapt to the new normal and emerge smarter.”