Wireless Data Collection System
Herman Miller's one-of-a-kind Space Utilization Service shows customers which of their workspaces are being used, and how often.
To perform a Space Utilization review, Herman Miller collects workspace occupancy data via uses small devices called Motes attached to the bottom of chairs and desks.
A series of custom gateway devices gather data from the Motes via a proprietary radio frequency (RF) link and protocol. The gateways error-correct, aggregate, and compress the data before pushing it to a central gateway, which sends it on to Herman Miller via the cellular network.
The system also includes a custom web app for monitoring and managing each collection system, as well as analyzing and reporting on the data collected.
The hardware/software platform has automated data gathering, improved accuracy, and allowed Herman Miller to manage the system remotely. The entire system system was patented by Herman Miller.
Atomic designed the system architecture and wrote software and firmware for:
A Partnership with a Storybook Ending
The team’s careful project management, client communication, cutting-edge architecture, and cohesive design strategy helped the team ship the product on time and on budget.
Reflecting back on the multi-year, high-profile project, Robinson said Atomic helped his company arrive at a special moment in time.
“We'd never done anything this big. Ever,” he said. “We’re live across all the major pillars Atomic said they would deliver on. It was delivered on time, on budget, to expectation, live. Not three or four milestones late with people leaving and the platform half-baked and full of bugs.”
StoryLoom began open-beta in December 2022. A global launch is scheduled for the spring of 2023.
“Our future is pretty bright,” said Robinson. “We’ve been given a rare opportunity to find success by chasing opportunities Starship Enterprise-style: going where people aren’t—pushing boundaries.”
The Atomic Team
Here are some of our current Atoms who worked on this project. Click their photo to read their bios!