Working with Architect DEGW, we were engaged to develop all non-Cisco technology requirements and specifications including desk-based technology, headsets and earpieces, ergonomic screen positioning and laptop docking, wireless devices and Audio Visual technology.
We introduced Cisco to the concept of interactive projection to help give the new floor further wow factor. A short tunnel leading from the lift lobby was developed. Within the tunnel down-projection and sound were installed to provide a visually compelling fishpond floor, complete with rippling floor, swimming fish and of course a Cisco logo visible at the bed of the pond. The water, fish and sound all react to someone stepping into or walking through the pond, providing a striking entry to the floor.
On the floor itself new audio visual plasma screens with smart collaboration overlays were installed along with a digital wall, flipchart capture systems and electronic whiteboards, providing the forum to deliver information and presentations as well as the media to annotate and record information. Open working areas and enclosed meeting rooms and pods were configured with a wide range of technology, including wireless keyboards, digital pens, small group conferencing systems and information screens, to provide a space for collaborative, concentrated and private working.
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When networking specialist Cisco Systems wanted to create a new working environment and produce a new task-orientated work-floor, we were appointed to deliver the vision.
The new floor needed to support a wide range of work styles and functions, with some spaces available through a reservation bookings system and others available on a first-come-first-served basis. Ergonomic and wireless ‘freedoms’ needed to be considered and the range of workspaces had to be flexible enough that information could be presented or captured on a one-to-one, small group or large team basis. Individual pods for private telephone calls and focused working also had to be considered.
The highly popular and successful floor provided a wide choice of working environments for Cisco mobile workers, supported by a rich range of supporting technology. It was subsequently used as the basis for the refurbishment of a number of further floors in the building and elsewhere in the global Cisco estate.