JOAN 9.7 Streamlines Corporate Communications

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Developed as an architectural product and appearing to hover in mid-air, JOAN 9.7 provides a comprehensive overview of meeting activity as an intelligent add-on for glass walls in companies worldwide. It seamlessly integrates with office design and offers unprecedented battery autonomy of up to half a year, enabled by Visionect technology.

Nominating Company: Visionect, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Venue: JOAN 9.7 at ADOTTA, Malo, Italy
Project: JOAN 9.7 at ADOTTA
Category: Business & Government Services

BACKGROUND
Driven by the feedback gathered on Visionect’s first meeting room booking solution, the award-winning 6-inch JOAN (2016 CES Innovation Award, 2016 Red Dot Product Design Award) launched in January 2016, Visionect identified the need for a larger, non-touch display providing more information and an even longer battery autonomy. The market need for a top architectural product that wouldn’t draw attention to itself with the glaring presence of LCDs and would be easy to implement in any phase of designing office spaces was pressing. JOAN 9.7 was developed to fulfil these needs completely: A high-end architectural product that effortlessly integrates into existing company infrastructure and provides detailed information on meetings, meeting participants and room occupancy status coupled with an unprecedented battery life of up to half a year represents a breakthrough in energy-efficient digital signage.

CHALLENGES
Architects, office designers and AV industry specialists usually implement meeting room booking in later phases of construction or even post-construction when integrating it into existing office infrastructure is problematic. Developing a solution that wouldn’t intrude on office design, incur installation costs or require a remodel was crucial. Having the ability to fit the device on glass walls was also particularly important for the type of high-end architectural offices, where glass is a popular choice and imposes quite a few restrictions. These offices have no easy way of implementing room booking solutions, which often makes cableless devices the only option, and sufficient battery autonomy plays a deciding role in customer satisfaction. Ease of use is also vitally important as is keeping device maintenance to a minimum so as not to overwhelm users with a host of features or burden them with device management only IT departments could support.

SOLUTIONS
Following customer feedback gathered with its 6-inch JOAN, Visionect created a larger, 9.7-inch device with zero buttons and an intuitive, informative interface. The ability to deploy the device on any surface was key. That’s why Visionect ruled out brackets and applied its self-adhesive magnetic mount with one magnetic strip attached to the back of the device and one to the wall/surface/door. It was vital that the device was cableless. Otherwise, it would have required power at the place of deployment, which is sometimes unavailable but always aesthetically unpleasing due to wiring, on glass in particular. Visionect’s power-saving technology and electronic paper from leading manufacturer E Ink ensured an unprecedented battery autonomy of up to half a year with automatic emails sent to designated employees when the battery is low. Achieving seamless integration into existing office architecture created an impressive, completely non-intrusive element that hovers on glass walls as if mid-air.

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JOAN 9.7 allowed integration in a late phase of office design, saving the costs of remodeling. It instantly improved office space usability, affecting productivity and streamlining workflows, resulting in time and money saved. An estimated five minutes per meeting are wasted when searching for free rooms, due to interruptions, clearing up meeting confusion, conflicts between coworkers, etc. According to the office workers’ median wage, this contributes to approximately $680 per employee per year saved if they only do waste five minutes per day. Its energy-efficiency results in additional savings, with JOAN 9.7 only contributing to 1 percent of energy usage compared to LCD technologies. Above all, it helps people work and meet better. Completely suited to modern, designer office spaces, it blends with the larger design of the space and doesn’t draw attention with the glaring presence of LCDs. Instead, it draws visitors in with its otherworldly characteristics and unusual appearance.

PROJECT PARTNERS
E Ink

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