Workplace communications is one of the most active verticals in digital signage, and a big reason for that is the ability of screen technology to get important information to staff – without hoping they open and read mass emails or see posters on breakroom cork boards.
The Finnish startup Valota saw the rise in business-based digital signage coming, and has been developing a product totally focused on visual messaging in the workplace.
Based outside Helsinki, the company’s Valotalive product is a messaging platform built around a growing set of content presentation apps that visualize data from widely used business systems like Salesforce and Microsoft’s Power BI.
The platform enables set it and forget it content that’s fed via these systems – so when the KPIs for a company change, they change automatically on screens located around facilities. It’s a big step up from Happy Birthday wishes and notices about the parking lot being paved on the weekend.
I spoke with CEO Kaijus Asteljoki about the roots of Valotalive, and what he says are the key things end-users need to think about when putting together a digital screen network for their workplaces.
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for more than 13 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia.