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IoT in the Workplace
Tuesday 29 August 2017
There are many things we do for an easier life, buying grated cheese, paying extra for same-day delivery and ordering a metal wagon to ferry us around at the touch of a button. So used to modern convenience, we can barely even remember what bread used to look like before it came already sliced.
It’s for this reason that IoT and smart devices have really taken off in the past couple of years, allowing everyday folks to streamline day-to-day actions in their homes. Shortening morning routines with a connected coffee machine, warming the house from afar on a cold eve and watering your garden whilst bathing in the comfort of your bed, these pleasures allow users to reclaim some much-needed relaxation time. So why haven’t these clear benefits been utilised more in the 21st century workplace?
While some workspaces are early adopters of the smart office, with the likes of digital receptionists and optimised lighting, a lot of workplaces are still reluctant to embrace this new wave of technology. But it has such huge potential. Take simply walking into an office building for example. Many embedded physical security measures are capable of using biometric keys, and in today’s office would be capable of allowing and restricting access to the office for essential personnel, before securing the office at the end of the day. In this way IoT has the ability to turn points of worry constantly on your mind into something you don’t spend a second thought on.
And that’s just for entering the office, once inside the many benefits of IoT in the workplace continue. Going far deeper than simply providing and altering comforts like heating and lighting, the modern work arena has the ability to empower employees in a way never seen before. Allowing routine tasks to be automated through the use of connected devices and systems. Leaving skilled workers to have time to focus on jobs that require genuine human thought and inspiration, or play solitaire, we can’t all be employee of the year.
Find out more about IoT in the workplace at IP EXPO Europe 2017, which runs October 4-5 at Excel London.