Smart offices are here

The Internet of Things (loT) is a growing and vital presence in a wide range of industries from aviation to zoology as well as in the home, but what about smart offices, how prevalent are they in 2018? The answer is far greater than you probably imagine and that’s why you’d want to know more about the Internet of Things (loT) applications for the workplace and how it could best apply to your business.

You are probably gaining a growing awareness of the Internet of Things in your private life, whether through your interaction with devices such as smart phones and wearables, but when you start to zero in on loT applications for the workplace you will quickly realise that they’re around you in more ways than you probably knew.

Billions in new opportunities

Indeed, research is showing that smart offices are already big business. The smart office market is set to be worth nearly $50 billion globally by 2023. It is seen as a boon for improving efficiency by using real-time data and creating new business opportunities in Australia and elsewhere.

A smart office

But what does a smart office look like, exactly? If you have a lot of things and people connected to the internet at work, then that is loT applications on site. Making the workplace more efficient by generally monitoring, controlling and managing various operations and working conditions including workplace safety, energy efficiency, and by boosting production thanks to streamlining or completely automating various tasks. Allowing your employees to focus on the more important jobs at hand.

loT applications

Looking at loT applications in the workplace more closely, there are three main categories: business-specific loT devices, infrastructure and smart home devices which have been reimagined for the office – we know about products that are marketed as being user-friendly in the home (companies such as Google and Amazon have a strong presence in this field) and these brands and others are moving into the workplace, too.

For instance, loT applications in the office can provide information such as the location of the nearest free meeting room, calendar information and even to help staff order supplies.

Future of the workplace
There is also talk of mixing elements such as voice control and robots so that loT products can be used to create workplace applications that understand natural language and respond to customers in human-like conversations.

Brave new world or the world we already live in? If you’re skeptical, not that tech savvy or simply think it’s not going to benefit your business, those organisations and industries already experiencing loT applications in the workplace and its potential will argue you’re missing out on great opportunities.

To find out more about the Internet of Things (loT) for your business, speak with one of our ICT consultants here.