The importance of the API for workplaces
The API is one of the strongest assets in each workplace, yet it is often undervalued. Think of an API as your number 1 tool to connect all your data in one single place.
For instance, Mapiq’s API allows you to get reliable and secure data about bookings, utilization, and buildings in one unified way. You can connect it with various providers of occupancy data and access that intelligence in one centralized location. Then you can connect this to your internal tools to create workflows and streamline repetitive tasks and business processes.
Introducing a new Mapiq API
Even after the launch of the Mapiq Developer Platform, our team has continued to improve the API usability and authentication system. If you are an active user, you can now sign in with the Mapiq account without any prior registration.
In the last couple of months, we focused on adding the API for occupancy sensors so that you can connect your 3rd party sensor technology to the Mapiq workplace experience platform. Now you can post your sensor data in Mapiq and get a deep understanding of your workplace occupancy in real-time.
Our new API also added one additional layer of information: workdays. This means that you can now receive data on whether employees decided to work remotely or at the office.
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How you can leverage Mapiq’s API
Mapiq’s API can be leveraged in multiple ways to increase efficiency and reduce costs. These include connecting to other systems, retrieving data, creating apps, or streamlining processes.
The most common API use cases from our customer base involves using a combination of user & building data. Here are a few use cases that can help you manage your workplace more efficiently.
Remember the days employees had to scan desk QR -codes to check -in at the office? Besides causing a lot of friction among employees, this method does not provide you with accurate data.
To get a better understanding of your attendance rate and no-shows, the Mapiq API allows you to match booking data with access control data. That way, every time an employee swipes their keycard or smartphone to enter the building, they will be automatically checked in.
You can also control building access by only allowing employees to enter the building with a valid office day reservation and removing reservations when people don't show up before a set time. This also reduces no-shows.
To enable this type of automatic check-in, you can choose to connect to your existing access management system or use your Wi-Fi data via Mapiq’s API.
Create workflows for hybrid work
If you manage global offices, you’ll know that each country has its own guidelines for hybrid working and travel reimbursements. With Mapiq’s API, you can create workflows that will streamline this.
For example, you can require employees to confirm the number of days worked remotely or at the office based on pre-filled information from their Mapiq bookings. Then you can use those for travel reimbursements or WFH allowances.
Optimize your parking space
With parking often being a scarce resource on peak days, ensuring that each parking space is optimized is essential. Connect your existing parking management system to Mapiq to allow access to the parking lots based on office bookings and remove the pain of parking tickets.
To make more efficient use of parking, you can also decide to automatically cancel booked parking spots if employees do not check in.
Reduce downstream costs
With workplace occupancy varying and less predictable during hybrid work, there are many downstream costs that do not make sense anymore. Think of food catering on Fridays, or energy and power in empty spaces.
Mapiq’s API can help you retrieve data on when your employees will be at the office to prevent food waste and improve office supply management efficiency. You’ll understand how much different offices, areas, or desks are being used and could save on cleaning and maintenance costs.
Connect your occupancy technology
Earlier this year, Mapiq introduced the commissioning of sensors directly in the Mapiq Platform. With the occupancy API, you can now connect your 3rd party sensor data to Mapiq's workplace experience platform. That will help you streamline all your workplace analytics in one place and gather valuable insights about your occupancy.
Create custom analytics
There is no solution-fits-all when it comes to analytics and workplace data. That’s why Mapiq’s API allows you to retrieve data about reservations, workdays, and building utilization and combine it with your employee Active Directory to get insights into teams and their workplace preferences. On top of this, you can also create custom dashboards to visualize the insights that you need the most and import all the data for further analysis.
Get started by logging into the Mapiq Developer Platform using your Mapiq credentials.