Redwood recently worked with Workman to announce the latest addition to the reception team at the recently opened One Hyde Park Hayes managed by Workman. While this might herald the rise of new machine overlords, unlike the Terminator, robo-receptionist Heidi is more likely to help you get to your meeting on time than lay the roadmap for world domination.

An initiative led by smart software specialists D2i and delivered by Workman, this hi-tech voice-control enabled automaton has been deployed in a key customer service role at the new office building.

The 91,700 sq ft multi-let One Hyde Park Hayes is a smart-enabled building, designed for integration with new technology and connectivity, and the inclusion of a robot receptionist seamlessly integrates people and tech, providing a fully connected customer experience. Heidi can manage the visitor entry system, signing guests in and out of the building, and communicating arrivals and departures to occupiers.

Bonus features – and certainly not expected within the everyday function of the customer services team – Heidi can dance a jig on command and enjoys entertaining guests by trying to guess their age. Only for the brave…

Heidi supplements the existing customer services team… So Skynet’s bid to conquer the world with automatons should still be a good few years away yet.

This story did the rounds of the property trades, featuring in the diary pages of Property Week and EG, while also featuring in an article in Business Insider.