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IBM and Steelcase Announce Global Initiative to Design Office of the Future

Select Companies Currently Evaluating BlueSpace - an Innovative Work Environment That Integrates Architecture and Furniture with Advanced Technology

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ARMONK, NY & GRAND RAPIDS, MI - 14 Jan 2002: IBM and Steelcase Inc., an international work effectiveness company whose offerings enhance the quality of people's lives in work environments, today announced the creation of BlueSpace - an interactive and personalized office of the future. The joint project combines IBM's technology expertise with Steelcase's workplace knowledge to create a new office environment that integrates the physical workspace with advanced computer, sensor, display and wireless technologies.

Through BlueSpace, IBM and Steelcase are working to address the many changing technological, physical and psychological needs knowledge workers face. With a combination of technology and design, BlueSpace enriches the overall work environment by providing greater comfort and personalization through unmatched user control. For companies, BlueSpace has been designed to enhance productivity, increase collaboration among employees and improve space utilization. BlueSpace also is intended to serve as a valuable tool for employers in attracting and retaining quality workers.

IBM and Steelcase are currently working closely with half a dozen companies - ranging from multi-national corporations to small businesses - to evaluate BlueSpace and gather feedback on its existing design and functionality. Onsite pilot projects with select companies will begin later this year.

Highlights of the elements in this fully Internet-enabled IBM-Steelcase smart office include:

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