The Internet of Things: How Technology is Changing the Office

The Internet of Things won’t just change our homes but our offices as well, as indicated by recent stats and projections. Let’s explore the intelligent workplace and six Internet of Things components that will be particularly useful in the office.

Incredible stats on the Internet of Things

Technologists and marketers are starting to realize how profoundly the Internet of Things (IoT) will impact our lives. The potential for IoT throughout industry, homes, cars, and workplaces is stunning when you look at current and projected figures on connectivity. Already back in 2008, there were more objects hooked up to the Web than people – and the sheer number of things driven by the remote access and integration allowed by the Internet will hit 50 billion by the end of the decade. The reasons for adoption of these devices is simple, according to Giselle Abramovich of CMO: increased profits and cost-cutting enabled by connectivity is forecast to total $19 trillion between 2015 and 2025.

The intelligent office: a foundation

The mobile device has become an increasingly important tool in the workplace, allowing people to access email; change and share files; and manage progress. You can even crowdsource a project, navigate to a meeting with a smartwatch, or get an update that it’s time to order supplies. “In effect, the infrastructure of the smart office—smartphones, wearables, and applications—is already in place,” notes Matt Wesson in Quartz. “All that’s missing is the foundation to bring it all together.” Robin D. Schatz of Inc. notes that one method for integration is the Staples Connect hub combined with Internet of Things programs from Zonoff.

Six valuable IoT elements

Wesson’s comments about infrastructure are partially true, but Michael Maher of Philadelphia event space Benjamin’s Desk explains that his business has grown both via applications and investment in additional “things”:

  1. Security cameras that send live video straight to your smartphone (D-Link wireless camera)
  2. Plant sensors that inform you when water or sun is needed (Parrot Flower Power)
  3. Immediately adjustable lighting (Philips Hue)
  4. Lighting controls and dimmers (Lutron Caseta)
  5. Key code updating, so you can immediately change employee key codes when they leave (Kwikset Z-Wave)
  6. Thermostat, allowing you to lower or raise temperatures at certain times of day. “Maher of Benjamin's Desk estimates that his five smart thermostats, which cost about $1,000 total, save him up to $2,400 in yearly energy bills,” says Schatz.

Enhancing connectivity in your office

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