ESU 10 Electronic Welcome Centers

With the advent of the ESU 10 facility expansion, the need for a kiosk to help guide visitors to their destination was apparent. Four key spots were identified to locate these new welcome centers. One at each east entrance, one in the hallway connecting the two wings, and one at the entrance of the north conference room entrance.

Initially, the electronic welcome centers will have a color map of the building and daily workshop/meeting information to direct our visitors.

There has been much talk about what version 2 (and beyond) of the Welcome Centers could offer. The more they get used and as more potential is envisioned, we will update these devices and hopefully make the experience for our visitors more inviting and pleasurable.

Relying on "The Cloud"

After reading “There’s silver lining to Google’s cloud computing glitch” by John Naughton, I pondered the following quote:

Andy Grove, then the CEO of Intel, said in 1999, “In five years, companies that are not internet companies won’t be companies at all.” He was widely ridiculed at the time. But in fact he was very perceptive. What he meant was that we were entering a period when internet access would become like electricity supply: very few companies generate electricity, but all companies use – and rely on – it.

More and more great services are available “in the cloud” but they require Internet access. This makes me thing about the “Internet OS.” What is next in providing access to all of these resources? Google Gears is a next step but only a stepping stone in my eyes. Operating Systems are going to take on a whole new dynamic in the future and it will be based on cloud computing. What are your thoughts?