Solution Overview

ICON is a web solutions software development company based in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, UK. ICON’s main product is the web based IconSysten. Part of this is the ICON Specs & Standards solution which is used to manage design specifications. Through an Internet connection the ICON Specs & Standards app gives users instant access to live and current design specification information.

The app is freely available.

By default the app is configured to work with the IconSystem Specs & Standards Website where you will be able to access a growing number of specification items such as items of equipment, lighting, materials, finishes, door specifications etc..

If you are already a user of an IconSysten website that is in use by one of Elecosoft's clients, you can use your normal login details to access specification items from that client website.

Locating the ICON Specs & Standards App in the Apple Store

Use your iPad to go to the Apple App Store, search for 'ICON Specs & Standards' and then install the app from there.

Launching the ICON Specs & Standards App

Once installed, press the ICON button to launch the app. If you are already a user of an IconSysten website, you can enter your login details, alternatively you can access the IconSystem Specs & Standards website by clicking the 'Start' button.

If you want to access an IconSysten website that is in use by one of Elecosoft's clients, you will need to enter the Email Address and Password you use to access the site, together with then the full website address (including the https:// prefix) before pressing 'Start'.

ICON Specs & Standards App, iPad Homepage

Welcome to the ICON Specs & Standards app.

If this is the first time you have used the app you may like to view the introduction video below. If you want to get on and use the app, please select a search option from menu at the bottom of the screen.

Help / Introduction Video

Click the play button to watch the video. Note that you can view it in full screen mode by clicking the expand arrows bottom right of the video interface.

ICON Specs & Standards Overview

The ICON Specs & Standards solution is in use by some of the UK's largest retailers who use it to manage their building design, specification and branding requirements. Essentially the system holds all the information the client wants to impart to the design, construction, fit-out and maintenance teams in terms of 'this is what we want you to build' and 'we installed this, here's where you find the maintenance guidelines'. It's the client being prescriptive about things like:

  • 'You need to adhere to this health & safety policy'

  • 'Complete this risk assessment before commencing work'

  • 'We are specifying these light fittings (because they are economical / last a lifetime / our procurement department has struck a deal with the supplier)'

  • 'Read this installation guide when you install that item of equipment'

  • 'Here are the approved design drawings so you can construct this item of shopfitting'

  • 'You need to install this item this way to ensure we don't have people tripping over it'

  • 'We are no longer using that item of equipment / floor finish / door as we have replaced it with this one'

  • 'This is what was installed, this is when it needs servicing and here is the maintenance manual'.

Along with all of the above, the system can also provide the clients with accurate cost model data across the range of building types and sizes it constructs. Some of Elecosoft's clients know to the penny what it will cost to build, fit-out or re-fit a property. They can also very quickly assess the knock-on effect of procuring items at an alternative price because the Specs & Standards solution knows exactly how many have been specified.

the IconSystem Specs & Standards is not a document management system, but a full database-driven content management system where the possibility of having conflicting information is eliminated because the system imposes a ‘no duplication’ principle.

Information held in the system is revised using a robust, built-in, change management system. When a revision is approved, all references to the information are instantly updated, a full version history is recorded and change notification emails are automatically sent out at chosen intervals ensuring all teams are made aware of the update.

Access to the system is granted via pre-determined user permissions, so you can trust that information is only viewed by the people that need to see it, ensuring sensitive information is kept confidential.

The ICON Specs & Standards app allows users to access the design specifications and maintenance information held in the system, whenever and wherever required.

Technical STUFF

The ICON Specs & Standards app needs an Internet connection as it is pulling live data directly from the IconSysten. This is important as our clients' specifications often change on a daily or even hourly basis. The information and images you see in the apps is downloaded as and when needed. They are not included as part of the installation packages and are not cached on your device once you exit the app. On the other hand, if you use the app to download a document, such as a PDF file, it will be saved to your device. Once you have looked at it, it is then up to you to decided whether to keep it or delete it.

The app has been developed using the IconSysten API / Web Service. The API allows software developers to access information held in an IconSysten website.


If you would like to contact us please call 01858 436345 (for users outside the UK please use the international code: +44 1858 468345).

Version History

1.0.0 - 09/10/2014: First Public Release