Internet of Things – Not Just a Buzzword

The term “Internet of Things” has been bouncing around for a while now, but it is more than just a buzzword. Although some people may believe that the idea of a truly high-tech workplace is still a long way off, the IoT can be integrated into your office for a lot less than you think.

What is the “Internet of Things?”

“Internet of Things,” or IoT, is a term used to describe the phenomenon that occurs when various electronic objects are connected to one another through the internet. For example, this term applies when you purchase a heating and/or cooling system that connects to your smartphone via WiFi, allowing you to control its settings from virtually anywhere.

How Can the IoT be used in the Office?

The IoT can add value to the office in countless ways. Some examples of ways in which you may use the IoT in your office include:

  • WiFi enabled lighting. – With WiFi-enabled lighting, you can control the lights in your building from any location. You can also program them to turn on and off at different times or in connection with different events, such as when the door is opened.
  • WiFi thermostats. – A thermostat with WiFi capabilities can not only be programmed from anywhere, but it can also help you keep track of the temperature in your building so that you can identify any HVAC malfunctions immediately.
  • Smart door locks. – Another way to bring the IoT to your office is through smart door locks. These locks can be controlled remotely, which means that you never need to worry about losing your keys or forgetting to lock up after you leave.
  • Smart power strips. – If you have certain electronic devices that you would like to be able to control remotely, such as your computer, you can utilize a smart power strip. This power strip allows you to turn on or turn off multiple electronic devices from any location.

These are just a few of the IoT devices that you may consider bringing into your office. Countless others are available, and new devices are released continuously. In the future, it is likely that every office will be using at least a few “smart” devices to improve productivity and efficiency.

But isn’t it Expensive?

Some of the devices you can purchase to bring the IoT to your office may be considered costly. However, you don’t have to buy everything you want right away. Instead, you can introduce new technologies into the office environment slowly to improve affordability and prevent culture shock. In addition, some of these smart devices, such as Wi-Fi enabled power strips and thermostats, can actually pay for themselves over time by reducing your energy expenses.

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