MUSCATINE, IA – Cutting-edge furnishings deserve cutting-edge thinking, and so contract furniture manufacturer Allsteel Inc. has teamed with the software design geniuses at KiSP, Inc. to add the KITS collaborator™ to its ever-expanding digital toolkit. Exclusively featuring Allsteel product through September 2012, this free iPad application allows users to develop furniture layouts for any existing environment, thanks to revolutionary visualization and simple specification tools. The KITS Mobile technology engages the iPad’s camera, creating to-scale onscreen environments from the device’s snapshots, which can then be furnished with a simple swipe of the user’s finger. Incredibly intuitive and user-friendly, KITS Mobile also allows users to move Allsteel furnishings around within the space, change materials, color combinations and finishes, and produce unlimited high-resolution photo-realistic renderings within seconds.

KITS Mobile is groundbreaking in its ease of use, and in the sophistication of the augmented reality technology it employs. A series of easily accessed functions and controls allows users to add, remove, duplicate, change or group products together; or toggle between photo view, 3D view, plan view or elevation view. The KITS Mobile App also comes with a number of standard space templates and sample projects for quick familiarization. Selected furnishings are dragged and dropped into place, and the app uses a series of advanced algorithms to effectively determine the geometric ground plane, sizing each item appropriately as it is positioned in the environment. It’s a technological breakthrough that has been achieved without the need for a ‘marker’ traditionally required to accurately assess and calculate space dimensions. While the design possibilities it offers are evident, KITS Mobile benefits those using it in a variety of ways. It minimizes the time architects and designers need to rework concepts and layouts, helps dealers to efficiently and effectively show customers their preferred products, and allows end-users to envision their space, reducing risks with little to no cost.

“Allsteel is dedicated to providing progressive and functional technology solutions that allow designers and dealers to assist customers in visualizing their space virtually,” according to I.T. and e-Business director Chris Rutt. “The KITS Mobile App is the first of its kind and will dramatically reduce the time it has traditionally taken to go from concept to photo-realistic rendering. Never before have we been able to furnish and render an existing space on a mobile device in front of the customer in a matter of minutes. We are extremely excited to bring this efficiency to the market.” At its June introduction, KITS Mobile will feature Allsteel’s popular Gather, Acuity, Relate, Seek, and Inspire collections plus the new-for-NeoCon Clarity series. Fall will see functionality enhancements including SketchUp/COLLADA integration, and users will be able to place Stride and Terrace DNA Systems in their virtual environments. For more information visit www.allsteeloffice.com. Find us also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Allsteel/249020105156.

About Allsteel Inc.

Allsteel Inc., headquartered in Muscatine, IA, designs, builds and delivers award-winning workplace furniture solutions. The company, which is marking its 100th anniversary in 2012, was the originator in 1967 of the lateral file. The office landscape has significantly evolved since then, and so has Allsteel’s impressive portfolio of innovative products which includes: seating, office systems, storage, tables, accessories, collaborative workplace furnishings, textiles and finishes, plus, most recently, architectural walls. A dedicated steward of sustainability, Allsteel was the first office contract furniture manufacturer to have all products certified either Indoor Advantage or Indoor Advantage Gold, and the entire line can contribute to LEED-ID+C credits. Additionally, Allsteel strives to attain the highest certification in level™ for all that it manufactures. A rooftop solar array installed at the company’s central manufacturing facility powers production of nearly all products in the line. The company has Resource Centers in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Santa Monica and Washington, D.C., as well as in Toronto, Canada. For additional information, visit www.allsteeloffice.com.

About KiSP, Inc.

KiSP, Inc. is a Toronto-based software and services company operating successfully since 1993. KiSP’s software solutions are in widespread use throughout the North American Contract Office Furniture marketplace and are generally intended for use by Manufacturers, Dealers, Customers and Furniture Service Providers. The company is widely acknowledged as one of the industry’s foremost experts in the field of eBusiness, Specification and Visualization services and Furniture Life-Cycle Management. KiSP publishes and supports a number of “client-facing” dealer automation tools designed specifically to offer outstanding competitive differentiation and account retention capabilities. KiSP, Inc. software solutions are available as a convenient Software as a Service (SaaS) option. They currently host over 1300 client portal sites, and over 3000+ client-specific static eCatalogs through secure web-hosting facilities. Company headquarters is located in North Toronto, with additional offices located in San Jose, Costa Rica and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The company is privately owned and currently has over 85 full-time employees. For more information please visit us online at www.kisp.com.

Source: Allsteel Inc.

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