Hyderabad: Smartworks, a workspaces provider, launched its flagship facility in Bengaluru. Spread over 3 lakh sq ft, with 6,000 seats, this is the firm’s largest centre located in Global Technology Park (GTP), Bellandur. One of the key highlights of the flagship centre is the introduction of ‘Smart Mitri’, the world’s first AI enabled she-robot.
Smart Mitri will be Smartworks’ in-house productivity mascot and will play an influential role in handling the overall office management for the facility, ranging from the visitor system to being a counsellor eventually. This is a first time in the world that a co-working firm is introducing robotic technology to the co-working management eco-system.
Smartworks has a footprint of more than 2 million sq ft across 20 locations in nine cities (Delhi NCR, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune) catering to more than 500 organisations across large enterprises, SMEs and start-ups.
Commenting on the launch, Neetish Sarda, founder, Smartworks said, “Smartworks is tapping the vast potential of India’s tech capital by building its futuristic office experience in Bengaluru on an unrivalled scale.”
Speaking about the distinct edge that Smartworks provides, Neetish added, “Unlike other agile workplaces, Smartworks offers its clients a cost advantage of up to 30 – 40 per centachieved through technology intervention that keep operating costs low. Our key focus remains on providing spaces that are modern, technology-rich, productive, collaborative, safe and promote wellbeing so that employees feel taken care of. Bengaluru has and will be a key market for us and we have plans to increase our presence here by ten-fold in the next few years.”
Present at the launch of the Smartworks Bengaluru facility was Balaji Viswanathan, CEO of Invento Robotics, a Bengaluru based startup and the brainchild behind Smart Mitri.
Speaking at the event, he said, “It’s a great day for us today, to see our invention come to life! We would like to congratulate Smartworks on their vision to transform robot fantasy and fiction into robot reality with Smart Mitri as their visitor concierge. Smartworks is bringing this reality to life by expanding the possibilities for innovation.”
“Productivity and employee engagement are big focus areas for every employer today. In the knowledge era, the traditional approach to employee engagement and productivity needs to be turned on its head. Invento in partnership with Smartworks is finding new ways to enhance these interventions. The Mitra AI robots are a key element to making this a reality!” he add