Creating a Personality for Buildings: Part One

Every building has character, a personality, thanks to its design, its context, its inhabitants. In the future, every building may be a personality, as artificial intelligence increasingly provides once-inert spaces with a voice and the ability to act. This shift will require designers and architects to think in new ways about how inhabitants relate to buildings. … Read more

How to Deploy Mass Notification Systems in Your Facility (Part 2 of 2)

Last week, we defined Mass Notification and Emergency Communications (MNEC) systems, and discussed their increasingly “smart” capabilities. This week, we talk about how to deploy these systems in your facility. The first step to deploying an MNEC solution is creating a Risk Assessment Report. This report sets the parameters for the system requirements. The report should … Read more

What are Mass Notification Systems? (Part 1 of 2)

A mass notification system is a technology that sends one-way emergency alerts and notifications to the public. As we spend more time in unfamiliar built environments, Mass Notification and Emergency Communications (MNEC), also known as mass notification systems (MNS), or emergency communications systems (ECS), are more important than ever to help in the event of an emergency. How … Read more

3 Ways Technology Can Aid Mindfulness in the Workplace

Just when you’ve gotten into the flow of reviewing a report, a flicker catches your eye. It’s a new Slack message from your manager… Click. You’re texting a detailed message to a co-worker when a shocking news headline pops up on your phone… Tap. Technology is good at distraction. In fact, some people, including former Google … Read more

Will Virtual Reality Replace Conference Rooms?

Twenty years ago, asking “Will virtual reality replace conference rooms?” was a science fiction scenario. Think about the “high-tech” tools you used at work back then. Google had just been born. Wi-Fi networks were at their dawn, “landline” desk phones were widespread, and email was just surpassing snail mail as a means of communication. If you had … Read more

Audiovisual Design Tips for a Corporate Presentation Space Worthy of a TED Talk

With all-hands meetings, knowledge shares, events, and exhibitor demos becoming more common, organizations expect more from their internal presentation spaces. These areas have to be dynamic, flexible, and easy to use. In addition, presenters often want to reach colleagues beyond the office walls, in remote locations, and even at different times, so recording these events has … Read more

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How the Internet of Things Will Change Workplace Design

Inanimate objects are about to change the way you think about workplace design. The Internet of Things, physical devices networked and able to send and receive data, will transform work tasks and the design process. As our fixtures get smarter and our furniture is freed from the tyranny of the cord, architects and interior designers will find themselves … Read more

Trend Watch: the IoT in the Office

Between email, phone calls, video conferencing, and that quaint “in-person” method, people continually expand on how to keep in touch with one another. The most inefficient part of the communication chain is the human element. So what happens when the human element is removed from the communication practice? Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT)! It’s hard … Read more

Solving Conference Room Acoustics Problems: Three Often-Overlooked Strategies

No matter how much money you invest in a videoconferencing system, you’ll inevitably be disappointed in the experience if your conference room acoustics are bad. Conference room acoustics are frequently a challenge because these environments tend to be full of hard surfaces: gypsum board walls, glass, tables, screens. All of these elements create what is referred to … Read more

Are Bots in Your Future? Three Trends Shaping Workplace Technology

This post was co-authored with Alex Serriere, TEECOM principal, CTO, and Director of Research. The technology landscape continues to change, each year bringing not only new tech but higher expectations from end users about that new tech. Consumer technology in particular has seen the most dramatic advancement. It’s up to enterprises to deploy technologies that align … Read more