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Pioneer Group designs ‘better than home’ office for Nomios

Pioneer Group designs ‘better than home’ office for Nomios

Earlier this year, Nomios took the bold step of moving into new premises in Basingstoke. However, the pandemic has pushed them from an activity-based workforce to one that put video collaboration at the heart of their organisation.

Therefore, Nomios turned to Pioneer to produce workspaces that made meetings more collaborative, smoother, more productive and more inspirational. In addition, using clever acoustics and technology made going to the office a more desirable alternative to home working.

Nomios marketing director David Eighteen said: “The new office had to be better than being at home. The technology combined with the office design and layout was a game changer.

“The ability to collaborate on touchscreens with colleagues that record all your notes and scribblings and then email them to your laptop ready for your next meeting is a cool touch.”

Managing director Richard Butcher added: “We are a cybersecurity company, so security for us was a huge consideration during this project. There are protocols we had to consider when looking at the technology and how it would work for us. Touch technology also needed to be looked at not just from an ease-of-use perspective, but in terms of security

“Working with Pioneer, we now have an office as secure as it is practical. The acoustics in every meeting space have been planned and implemented perfectly. The secure Clevertouch room booking system ensures people don’t mistakenly interrupt important meetings. And every piece of kit implemented is being used, helping us deliver a better service to our customers, partners and employees. It makes this a great place to work,” he said.

The project covers two floors, comprising 12 different workspaces/areas. Among the installed kit are Samsung QMR series screens with a dual 75-inch set-up and Poly video conferencing in the main meeting room. It divides into two smaller rooms where the audio equipment is connected to a touchscreen, facilitating video calls in one room and permitting others to work on a Clevertouch panel in the other room simultaneously.

Employees use personal devices to operate the ClevertouchLive room booking system. A QR code allows visitors to register and lets the staff member they are visiting know they have arrived. Several LG and Philips monitors have been installed throughout the space to allow staff to hook up their laptops and work collaboratively wherever it suits them.

Pioneer’s solution for Nomios bridges any skills gap by utilising the latest technologies and integrations. One of the key designs, especially for the two-to-four-person meeting spaces, enables any user with a USB-C enabled laptop to plug in a single cable to receive full service from the AV system in the room, which delivers network connectivity and essential power.

In the larger huddle spaces, Pioneer partnered with Clevertouch and Displaynote to enable a single touchscreen Teams experience and a Poly camera and sound system, allowing full collaboration using Teams on Windows and all the features that encompass it.

The boardroom utilises both Teams Room on Windows and the Barco Clickshare solution delivering a seamless sharing experience accessible to everyone.

Removing obstacles and points of confusion was essential. The AMX touchscreen on the wall enables users to power up the screens and decide if the divisible room is split or open, and then the whole system is run using a Teams Room touchscreen by Poly on the boardroom table.

Pioneer configured a divisible room sound system powered by Biamp. It also removed the need for manual camera framing by integrating a Huddly L1 camera and its smart auto-framing technology. This means users in the room join their scheduled call utilising a single-tap ‘join now’ feature presented by the Teams Room.

When someone wishes to share their desktop, they plug in a Clickshare dongle and simply press the button. The system instantly knows they want to present and, when the room is open, it intelligently shares the content feed to the screen in the rear of the boardroom, creating a repeater screen. 

The project has led to increased attendance at Nomios’ office, surpassing even the pre-pandemic level. Staff have breakfast in the bar area, watch the news and use two installed Peloton bikes hooked up to a Clevertouch Touchscreen to participate in fitness classes during the day rather than dashing to the gym.

Additionally, the dual 75″ screens and spot-on visual and audio in the meeting rooms allow employees working at home and those in the office to feel like they are in one room, ensuring that Nomios team, no matter where they are located, keep that sense of belonging and camaraderie that has been so core to the company’s success.

The addition of video conferencing has also allowed the company to broaden its recruitment pool, subsequently taking on 50% more people in the last couple of months and expanding its graduate scheme to accommodate candidates outside its 30-mile radius.

“We don’t tell our staff where to work or when to come in because, with the help of Pioneer, we have created a space that is better than being at home,” said Butcher. “The technology is more secure, faster and has better sound and image quality. This workspace exceeds being at home. It allows people to be around others, collaborate and work better, and we love it.”