The Internet of Things (IoT) is something that you will have undoubtedly heard a lot about over the last decade. IoT devices have evolved considerably with even the humble lightbulb now able to connect to the internet!
In this blog post, we explore what IoT means in today’s world and look at how it’s enhancing our modern workforce.
First Of All, What’s IoT?
IoT refers to physical devices that are intrinsically connected to the internet, collecting and sharing data, with the internet affecting their function. This means IoT devices can communicate in real-time and make decisions, often without the need for human interaction.
What’s An IoT Device?
Historically, internet connectivity was regulated to large machines in offices, like PCs and printers. Nowadays, however, almost any physical object can be transformed into an IoT device if it can be connected to and controlled by the internet.
The best way to demonstrate IoT is by using the example of the trusty lightbulb: Thanks to IoT, bulbs can be timed and controlled via smartphone apps or even automatically, adjusting to the natural light in a room. Other examples include smart thermostats, wastage and storage containers and building occupancy sensors.
How Is IoT Affecting The Workplace?
Sensors capture data, communicate with each other and act if required. So, in an IoT-equipped building, a sensor could initially detect a fault, dispatch a technician if the fault is a priority, provide building access to the technician at an agreed time, and confirm if the issue has been resolved. This can all be done without the need for human interaction, which frees up time for building and facilities managers to focus on other areas of the workplace that require their insights and input.
Additionally, the data generated from IoT enabled workplace operations goes a long way in improving the overall performance of a business, as well as offering increased opportunities to expand and grow.