How Internet Of Things Is Changing Your Workplace

By Bernhard Mehl
April 23, 2018

What is IoT?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a technological concept of connecting multiple devices that have the possibility of switching on and off the web in order to use software and automation processes for smart living. IoT is an innovation that changes the way we organize our lives at home and at work, as well as the way we move and use transportation means and manage industrial machinery. Any object, even people, in terms of smartphones and wearables, can be a part of the IoT grid.

The IoT is not limited to computers or other most common devices used for web connections.  It’s typical to expect for a desktop, a tablet, and a mobile to find its place in the IoT, but the concept encompasses way more. For example, smart vehicles, whose navigation systems depend on a computer dashboard connected to the web can be part of the Internet of Things. Any equipment that can support the smart sensor technology is viable for IoT environment.

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‍All devices with a web connection can be a part of the Internet of Things

It’s not too difficult to imagine how the IoT grid is and how it will be transforming our workplaces. The Internet of Things at work enables smart buildings that automate business processes and improve security. In a way, IoT office solutions are a bridge from the physical to the virtual workplace.

Taking the physical information and transforming it into virtual data via IoT sensors results in the ability to manage many processes from anything that has a computer processor. Although we haven’t exhausted all IoT ideas for offices, many organizations have benefited from accepting the basics of the concept, creating smart lighting and aircon systems, as well as smart access control systems.  


The Ways IoT are Utilised

The Internet of Things for office automation is surpassing many physical drawbacks of specific products and technologies, helping connect people, knowledge, and devices into a unified system that can be used for multiple work betterment processes.

Since many endpoints that possess the ability to connect to the web are already in the office, what most environments miss is the grid infrastructure. New smart products can be introduced continuously without difficulties when the network is in place. IoT for office solutions is somewhat advantageous when compared to larger open space environments. Business owners have a lot of freedom of how to use the Internet services they have subscribed to, and what devices are implemented in the office.

‍Mobile and access control are an excellent match in the Internet of Things for smart offices

Think of the smartphone. A mobile phone is a gadget most people will likely keep close at bay, around-the-clock, at home or at work. Smartphones can be taken anywhere, and already have many of the capabilities necessary to act as a full-on device for business communication. If anything makes them inconvenient for a primary office device, it’s the poor web connectivity at certain areas and the miniature screens.

In contrast to the drawbacks, they are capable of managing multiple mobile apps that solve many of the persistent work challenges for companies. Although you cannot type on a mobile as you can on a PC, with only a few clicks, scrolls and swipes you can pay for a service, send emails, unlock a door, and turn the heating in your office on or off. Mobile phones are an excellent tool in the Internet of Things for smart offices, because they enable running a series of processes from anywhere.

Without limiting the IoT advantages only to devices, we needn’t forget about the benefits of bringing people together to work in the same digital environment despite their physical distance. The point of unifying only one aspect of the office environment, such as only people, or only devices, or only products, is not the exemplary perk of the Internet of Things for office automation. It’s the integration of all aspects that makes the difference. When you bring on board (via a software application) the data provided by all participants, you can measure, analyze, predict, and make sense of various information that was otherwise inaccessible.   


Benefits of Utilising IoT

The benefits from utilizing IoT at work reflect on business efficiency and productivity, impact the way we use energy resources, boost teamwork, produce more pleasant physical environments, introduce organizational and managerial novelties, and help with creating safer workplaces.  

As a manager, you will have quick access to multiple data from various sources, including staff, business partners, and clients. This improved oversight of your business environment will help you spot patterns in people’s behavior as well as unproductive systemic ‘knots’ that can be improved much faster and have a larger scope of influence. When data is collected and let the software do the work, you can save precious time that would have otherwise been wasted on making the analysis by yourself. Offering alternatives to standard communications and applications, the IoT at work ties remote teams closer together. Although we already use many of the IoT benefits (for example, in communication) wider IoT adoption will be able to integrate many physical aspects of the work environment, bridging distances not only between people, but between things, too. Certain new technologies, like robotics, may even replace some job positions.   

IoT office solutions create pleasant offices. Implementing smart sensors in your HVAC and lighting systems will help you adjust temperatures and lights, optimizing the atmosphere for maximum health and efficiency. Wellbeing is a precursor to productivity. Consequently, the Internet of Things for office automation will change the way we think of a healthy workspace. The eco benefits scale up in the wider environment. Offices will spend as much energy as they need, not more and not less, and stop wasting resources, contributing to a greener planet.

Being able to observe what takes place in your office in real-time results in safer workspaces. Physical security is no longer left to robust and costly mechanical devices. It is moving in line with the IoT trends, getting more electronic and less physical. Access control IoT solutions are not only a piece of the physical security infrastructure. Intelligent access control devices are becoming a part of the wider automation, solving more than one office challenge.

Bernhard Mehl

Bernhard is the co-founder and CEO of Kisi. His philosophy, "security is awesome," is contagious among tech-enabled companies.

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