Monday, August 13, 2012

Collaboration, Technology and the Open Plan

It was not long ago that most major systems manufacturers began to emphasize the need of a thick center wall in a panel system to accommodate massive amounts of cabling, power and technology support. Knoll and Steelcase both created a panel system which would not only incorporate multiple level of cable routing capabilities but also charging stations for peripheral technology.

Technology did not become what they expected. A lot of business have installed wireless routers which in most cases has only left the need for voice cables to be routed in the system furniture. The increased used of flat panel monitors has nullified the need for deeper worksurfaces. More recently, the widespread use of tablet devices has freed the individual in collaborative spaces from the personal to the public spaces.

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