Workplace IoT: Smart Office Applications for Better Productivity

Technology has penetrated every part of our lives. There is a smartphone in every pocket, wearable tech, beacons, sensors, and numerous everyday objects that have become connected.

With the average person spending around 8-10 hours per day at work, use of the IoT is expanding. A report from IoT For All indicated that the smart office market is growing, amounting to $22.21 billion in 2017 and is forecasted to double by 2023, reaching $46.11 billion.

Reasons to adopt this tech include the potential to increase productivity, streamline ordinary tasks, and create a safer, more comfortable work environment. Here are some additional IoT development insights.

The Future of the IoT in the Office

An office hooked up via smart devices to the internet is often called a “smart office.”  It represents an intelligent ecosystem which relies on a number of connected devices that monitor and control working conditions. Automating offices comes with pros and cons.

Pros: 

  • Energy savings through automatic heat and light adjustments. Power use can be optimized through automated algorithms for maximum comfort and savings.
  • Efficient operations for businesses can be made possible by eliminating the various mindless tasks that surround important decision making, letting your employees focus on what matters.
  • Greater workplace safety could be possible through a smart system of facial recognition scanners or touch print pads. This system could help any area become both more convenient and more secure.

Cons: 

  • High cost of outfitting an office with a comprehensive IoT system.
  • Concerns over data privacy.
  • Dependency on a steady supply of power and WiFi.

IoT Smart Offices: Examples and Use Cases

The smart office market is still young, despite consistent growth and a general sense of massive potential. Home automation, health and fitness, not to mention inventory management and retail are adopting IoT solutions faster than smart offices.

However, certain solutions seem to offer a more seamless integration than others. Security cameras, smart locks, and various sensors are the most popular use cases for the IoT in offices so far. These eliminate outdated pass systems and use digital badges instead of physical ones. These solutions help out with visitor management and access control as well.

Energy consumption

Offices could become more energy efficient using the IoT. Smart lighting solutions or automated window shades can help curtail light intensity for optimal work settings, while sensors hooked to an energy management system can be used to reduce waste.

Environmental control

Connected thermostats like Nest or the Honeywell products can be used for ideal room temperatures so that everyone can work in a comfortable environment while saving energy the same way the lighting solutions do.

Communication and collaboration

IoT enabled conference rooms open up opportunities to make many tasks easier, particularly occupancy management through scheduling systems.