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Glass Marker Boards -Yesterday’s Presentations Will Never Be Today’s Distraction
Apr 19th, 2013 by Peter Harnack

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Modern glass marker boards overcome the traditional staining and ghosting of cheap, painted white boards-while simultaneously giving you a great look.

Glass Marker Board with Stand-off Mounting

Glass Marker Board with Stand-off Mounting

Old style painted white boards have problems when previous images “ghost” on the board.  They are hard to keep clean.  And an accidental the use of a permanent marker almost makes the board impossible to use.  Porcelain boards help with their superior surface but the best look and feel option is glass.

The moment your pen that touches the surface, you will appreciate the silky – smooth writing.  Ghosting is eliminated and the glass marker board will give you years of trouble free service.

Design Options

Glass marker boards give many upgraded design options.  Their look is sophisticated, unique, and you get a virtual cornucopia of color, finish, and size options.

Mounting can be standoff, concealed, or architecturally applied.  Virtually any color can be provided on the optically clear glass.  Finish can be semi transparent etched so the underlying wall color becomes the glass marker boards hue.  Pure white and magnetic white are also available.

For added value, glass marker boards can include back printing for lines, text, Logos-even semi permanent removal graphics are possible when design changes are needed.

While typically used in whiteboard sizes, architectural glass marker boards can stretch from floor to ceiling and even installed as dividers, signage, or mounted on mobile bases.

Clear glass is inconspicuous when not in use.

Healthcare facilities staff love glass marker boards because they are naturally anti bacterial and easy to clean.

Plus you get the great look in an eco – friendly, recycled material form.

Planning and Designing Collaborative Work Spaces – Personal Storage Space
Apr 16th, 2013 by Peter Harnack

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Hive Personal Storage Lockers

Hive (Wood) Personal Storage Unit with changeable Graphics, Personal Storage Area, Mail Slot and Personal Laptop/File Storage Box Option

When researching their work and how it might apply to other organizations, I noted with interest a comment from a Cisco IT manager regarding needs of employees articulated during brainstorming sessions. One frequently mentioned need was for quiet areas to be used for short period of times during the day. Another mentioned personal lockers for belongings like purses and lunches and larger filing cabinets for employees whose job required them to store forms or records.

Today we are review new products that would be very helpful in meeting the personal locker storage needs of mobile/hotelling personnel.

The “Hive” Personal Storage Locker System

In an agile and dynamic workspace, one of the challenges to success can be the loss or lack of a defined personal space for employees. “Hive” seeks to solve this vital need in a unique way.

Made from wood, the “Hive” system was developed keeping in mind how people would work in the new agile office. They wanted to be able to locate these units in corridors rather than in locker rooms. Therefore they had to be made fun and flexible. You can interchange doors easily and change graphics quickly.

Each worker gets one level as their permanent office base. This unit is their address. This is where physical messages or messages are left. They get about 39 inches of personal storage space to put their hotbox (more on that later) and other important belongings.

When you combine the small, movable Hive (see April 15, 2013 blog) and the personal storage of Hotbox, clutter is removed from the work space. You no longer need a pedestal for each person. And each desk can now have many users.

Shared desks becomes more viable since one Hive replaces the need for up to 3 personal pedestals for each desk.

For more information, contact us. < Click Here >

Coming next – space saving large filing storage systems.

 

Planning and Designing Collaborative Work Spaces – Cisco Systems® Case Study and Design Considerations
Apr 15th, 2013 by Peter Harnack

Wow Pod Movable Private, Quite, Work Space for up to 4 People

Wow Pod, A Mobile Pod for up to 4 People

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In 2004, Cisco Systems® set out to design work spaces to promote collaboration, improve productivity and cut costs. The result of their planning, work and findings can be reviewed in detail by downloading the Cisco Case Study (click here).

When researching their work and how it might apply to other organizations, I noted with interest a comment from a Cisco IT manager regarding needs of employees articulated during brainstorming sessions. One frequently mentioned need was for quiet areas to be used for short period of times during the day. Another mentioned personal lockers for belongings like purses and lunches and larger filing cabinets for employees whose job required them to store forms or records.

I researched the latest offerings of office furniture products available in San Jose and Silicon Valley, and found a couple of new products that would be very helpful in meeting the above needs for small quiet places, personal lockers and filing cabinets (both big and small).

The Wow Pod Movable Private Work Station

The first is the “Wow Pod – A mobile pod for up to 4 people”. It is essentially a circular tube with excellent sound proofing, lighting and ventilation. You can custom design the look to match in with your decor. And with built-in locking wheels, they are easily repositioned as needs change. Great for the short times when employees need that private space for individual work or small groups without taking a formal conference room. And as office conference rooms become harder to find available, this is a great solution.

For more information, contact us < click here >

Coming next – info on personal/portable locker space.

 

Top-of-the-line Multi-touch Digital Interactive Whiteboard
Apr 9th, 2013 by I-SV Host

Originally published by Ron Swanson on 2013-02-07 11:27:18

Clary Icon Interactive Whiteboard

60 Inch – Multitouch, Whiteboard with HD Video Conferencing

The Clary ICON (Clary.Icon-Brochure) is an affordable large,  60″  touchscreen, interactive white-board with video conferencing!  If you’re a geek like me then — welcome to heaven…. (sigh)

At 60″, the ICON is one of the world’s largest high definition touchscreen monitors that combine it all.  This product has so many uses beyond the obvious.  Let your imagination run wild for a moment.

If you’re in the auto sales business with multiple dealerships, you just picked up a major customer retention tool.  How you might ask?  If a customer doesn’t land on a car at your dealership, it’s typical to encourage the customer to look at brother or sister lots.  Often these other dealerships pose a challenge for the sales person in that they may be too far out of the customer’s schedule. What would you do?  Within minutes, another sales person from the other dealership uses Skype on his smart device to conference in.  He could be out walking their lot to identify the right vehicle — in real time — while your customer sits comfortably engaged and watching.  How do think that would make your customer feel to experience this?

Bottom line, if you can improve your customers buying experience, you’ll sell more.

These units use cutting edge telephony SIP (session initiated protocol) and makes use of the ever popular Skype, and Google, video conferencing interfaces.

For point-to-point users, I particularly like the ICON because it has affordable usage packages which don’t over inflate your current monthly telecom bill.  This makes the ICON an ideal alternative for multi-location businesses with frequent interoffice travel or expensive conference bridge bills.

Key Features:

  • Multi touch interactive 60-inch high definition flat panel display
  • Wireless tablet for remote sharing and additional level of interactivity
  • Wireless keyboard with track pad for enhanced interactivity
  • Award winning Hitachi StarBoard interactive whiteboard software
  • Optional mobile cart with a convenient tray for input devices
  • Set up is easy with plug and play.

The ICON is a winner.

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