DornerWorks visits NeoCon 2015 in Chicago
DornerWorks had a good trip to Chicago this week to visit several of our current and potential customers at NeoCon, the largest commercial interiors show in North America. NeoCon today remains the premier platform for connecting, learning and doing business in the commercial interiors and furniture business.
At this year’s show, we were able to visit and meet with several companies from West Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. We had discussions around creating intelligent and connected office items that can help to make people more comfortable, more productive, and increase their cognitive abilities. GlobeNewswire quoted Allan Smith, Vice President of Global Marketing at Steelcase, as saying: “Attention is a scarce resource. Steelcase gained new insights by analyzing the findings of recent neuroscience research to understand the implications for human behavior at work. Combined with our years of research about the changing nature of work, the workplace, and emerging technologies, this enables us to explore concepts for an intelligent office that supports the cognitive, emotional and physical wellbeing of people. We envision a workplace that actually helps people think and feel better at work.”
There are several technologies that DornerWorks is working with that can help these companies achieve such goals for an ecosystem workspace, from intelligent motor control to Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). We currently have multiple active BLE projects, enabling people to connect objects, machines and devices to their mobile smart phones and the web. This is commonly referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). DornerWorks is also exploring some newer uses of BLE, including mesh networking. This approach allows developers to create a network connecting many hundreds of Bluetooth smart “things” together. The mesh networks can be populated, de-populated, configured, and controlled—all with a very high level of security—to enable the highly-connected workspace ecosystem products.