Joan vs. Robin

Choose the powerful App and Display combo

It takes a great solution to create a hybrid workspace that your teams will love. Both Joan and Robin’s scheduling software is capable of restoring order to unruly offices. But, when these two solutions go head to head, the winner is clear.

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Joan is an all-in-one workplace management system that brings efficiency and an elevated employee experience by eliminating complexity and friction in the flexible workspace.

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Robin is a cloud-based desk and room booking solution targeted toward hybrid work environments. The software empowers people to do great work while fostering a sense of community.

Comparing Joan and Robin

We have created a list of solutions and features that clearly demonstrate the advantages of each platform.

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Room booking

Simple room booking options that update in real-time.

Localized Interface

User interface is available in multiple local languages.



Custom branding

Customizable branding that promotes the company’s image.

Runs on any tablet

A scheduling platform that’s compatible with any tablet.

Reserve on spot

Reserve available rooms on-the-spot from the display or app.

Connect to calendars

Seamlessly synchronizes with in-house calendars.

Room amenities info

Configurable room information regarding room amenities: monitors, speakers, microphones, etc.

Abandoned meeting protection

A feature that marks a room as available for no-shows and “ghosted” meetings.

Advanced analytics

Analytics to show a room’s performance, usage, and other statistics.

Room finder

Select the type of room you need and see what is available.

Pricing per month starts at

$5.99 / device


Proprietary device

Meeting room displays that show room availability and support on-the-spot reservations.

Battery powered

Battery-powered displays that don’t require a continuous power supply.

Single-charge battery life

Devices that last months to a year before needing to be recharged.

up to 12 months

Wireless mount

Wireless wall mount that doesn’t require any installation costs.


Sustainable, ultra-low-power e-paper room booking displays.

PoE dock / adapter

Optional POE doc for wired internet connection and a power source.

Desk booking

Frictionless desk booking that supports on-the-fly reservations.

Equipment / Asset reservation

Make any company asset reservable through the scheduling software.

Parking space reservation

Support for parking space reservations and other transportation amenities.

Predefined timeslots

Desks can be reserved only at times that are specified by the office admin.


Abandoned desk reservation protection

The desk is automatically released if the user doesn’t check in.

Health screening

Optional health screening questionnaire for employees and visitors.

Custom amenities

Reserve a desk that has extra amenities.

Custom floor plan

Fully-customizable floor plans to support wayfinding and reservations.

Reservation reminders

Reliable reminders regarding upcoming reservations.

Export analytics data

Ability to export data regarding scheduling and usage analytics.

Reservation rules for individuals, teams, and departments

Configurable rules, groupings, and parameters for each desk.

Check peers presence

Overview of who will be in the office during the work-week.

Easy map booking

Desk booking is available via the customizable in-app floor plan.

In-app analytics

Usage and booking analytics for the solution’s app.

Digital wayfinding

In-app wayfinding that shows rooms, desks, and additional information.

Active Directory

Single sign-on and multi-factor authentication for secure, simplified access to applications and systems.

Azure AD, Okta, OneLogin

Azure AD, Okta, OneLogin

Pricing per month starts at

$2.49 / user


Visitor management

Capacity for visitor check-in and check-out.

Arrival notifications

Automatically sends notifications to specific individuals when guests arrive.

Guest pre-registration

Guests can pre-register online before even arriving at the office.

Real-time visitor log

Can collect analytics that supports contact tracing within the office.

Touchless QR code check-in

A contactless visitor check-in experience via a QR code.

Pre-check-in questionnaires

Optional questionnaires and health screening for visitors.

Bulk visitor registration

Invite multiple visitors at once by importing a CSV list.

Recurring visits

Create a recurring invite for everyone that visits you regularly.

Customizable visitor badges

Customize the badge design and choose specific fields to include in the printed version.

Check-out visitors

Several visitor check-out options.

Calendar integration

Invite visitors seamlessly through the calendar you use daily (Google, Office365, Exchange…)


Assign a desk to a visitor

Allocate specific workspaces to visitors.

In-App Analytics with visitor data export

Gain valuable insights and export visitor data for analysis and reporting.

Customizable branding

Display your custom message or your company’s logo.


NDAs & Document Signing

Set up different documents that a visitor needs to read and sign before entering the site.

Multi-location management

Manage visitor management across multiple locations with pay-per-location options.

Single Sign-On (SSO) and employee directories

Seamlessly integrate with existing systems for easy access and user management.

Pricing per month starts at

1 month Free Trial

$109 / location


3rd party integrations

Support for third-party integrations to further customize the booking experience.



Single sign-on

Single-sign-on authentication to enhance security.


Developers can develop third-party apps to extend the solution’s capabilities.

Mobile app

A native mobile app that supports office scheduling and wayfinding.

Joan is the best workplace management system you can buy

With a limitless capacity for company assets and accounts, Joan scales with your office while delivering an unbeatable user experience. While Robin is a robust scheduling tool and a formidable contender, the platform has limitations that keep it from being flexible enough for the modern workspace.

Wireless room displays

Joan ultra-low-power e-paper displays are the only wireless room booking devices on the market. Meaning, they can be installed anywhere on any surface with no extra installation costs — no drilling or wiring required.

Wireless Joan 6 Pro

Asset reservation

Create a seamless flexible workplace by adding assets to your Joan reservation platform. Make anything bookable from parking spaces to pet supplies. Assets can be booked on-the-go directly from the Joan app.

Joan app asset booking

Superior onboarding

Ready from day one. The Joan user interface is incredibly intuitive, making onboarding as simple as a company-wide announcement email. Absolutely no training or instructions are required for a flawless user experience.

  • We wanted to make a platform where everybody could come in and see if there’s a room open that they can schedule and work out of.
  • I can just press ‘Occupied’ and Google Calendar gets synced and everybody’s happy because then you know, okay, this space is occupied.
  • Deploying Joan Desk Booking App allowed us to optimize our office space and gather statistics. We love how easy it is to add floors and buildings.
  • Without Joan, we would need to employ someone to manage meeting rooms and help with wayfinding.
  • Joan Desk Booking solution doesn’t even have a learning curve.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best alternative to Robin workplace platform?

With its limitless capacity for company assets and accounts, Joan can scale up or down to match the size of your office and keep up with its growth. Whether you have a small team or a large enterprise, Joan is the best solution for managing your workplace.
One of the key strengths of Joan is its unbeatable user experience. The platform is designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind, making it accessible to all employees regardless of their technical expertise. Joan’s user-friendly interface and intuitive features enable employees to quickly and easily book meeting rooms, desks, and other resources, which helps improve overall productivity and efficiency.
Another strength of Joan is its versatility. The platform offers a wide range of features that go beyond just room booking, including hot-desking, desk booking, and meeting room analytics. This makes Joan a complete workplace management solution that can handle a wide range of workplace needs, from scheduling to workspace optimization.

The workplace of the future is fluid.

Design your own and make the most out of it with a new management system — for you, your employees, and your business.