By Kurt Dupont
DataPoint is the PowerPoint add-on to display real-time information on your information screens. What more do you need? You can display information in real-time. Change the information on a second computer, and the data is updated on your screen.
Want more attention? Set a notification sound when the data changes. Play a ping when a train is approaching the platform. Want even more attention? Just say that the train is arriving on platform 4. With DataPoint, you can now choose a voice (male or female) and use text to speech functionality to announce data changes.
When a data change is triggered, you can say a static sentence like ‘Be careful, a train is approaching’. This will be said whenever an arriving train is triggered by our trains database.
But you can go further! You can use a variable in a sentence. E.g. when the train to Miami is arriving shortly, then you can say ‘The train to [destination] is arriving shortly at this platform’ where the variable [destination] is coming from your database. The spoken text on your public address system (PA system) will sound like ‘The train to Miami is arriving shortly at this platform’.
Recently a customer claimed that productivity was increased by 25% since the installation of real-time information screens with KPI information and others. Now, the PowerPoint slide show empowered by DataPoint, is giving clear text to speech instructions whenever a new command or assignment arrives. The big advantage is that people do not have to stare at the screens anymore for an update. The dynamic text to speech functionality is helping them to get attention at the moment of the update.
Kurt Dupont, based out of Belgium heads PresentationPoint, a company that creates several amazing PowerPoint add-ins. After his Computer Science studies, Kurt started with Andersen Consulting (Accenture nowadays) in Brussels. After 3 years he moved to the Brussels Airport Terminal Company that runs the Brussels airport – this last placement inspired the start-up of Take-off (now known as PresentationPoint) in 1998.
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