The Internet of Things, also known as IoT or IoE (Internet of Everything), is a system of interconnected devices, objects, animals or people provided with unique identifiers and also have the ability to transmit data over a network without needing a human-to-human or a human-to-computer interaction.
The 'thing' part of the IoT, can be an automobile with built-in sensors, a person with a heart implant, cell phones, coffee makers, locks or jet engines of a plane!
In an article of Forbes on IoT, it has been reported that by 2020, the number of Internet-connected things will reach or even exceed 50 billion.
Here are some uses of IoT in workplace and home and how they affect the ease or convenience of day to day functioning.
1. Responsive Workplaces
These kinds of places mean that your entire workspace would be internet- connected. These kinds of appliances and smart offices would be efficient as well as time-saving!
This in return leads to the optimal utilization of the limited resources and reduces the overhead costs to a significant level.
A simple example to this can be the LED lights going off in a meeting room as soon as people vacate it. Smart devices can also help detect an empty meeting room with the help of the motion sensor. This is also a brilliant example of the use of IoT.
2. Data-driven culture in the workplace
Data is a very important part of an organization today. Without the right kind of data, no right decisions can be made!
Tracking of all sorts of data, from the data showing how the employees are using the infrastructure to proactively predicting the minute and subtle trends in the future; is very crucial to a business and this could be easily done by introducing IoT into the work processes.
IoT, for example, provides real-time inventory management, which helps to eliminate the handling costs and the excesses and breaks in inventory levels!. IoT can be deployed to improve the ways in which the employees react and interact with their environment which will eventually lead to creating devices, methods, and processes that will improve the productivity levels as well as reduce cost overheads and also increase the employee motivation.
Responsive environmental settings are also one of the features that IoT facilitates. This could help employees experience a pleasant atmosphere while working. Devices like IoT-based thermostats adjust the room temperature based on the number of people working in that space and also monitors the air quality, triggering the air purifier automatically when required.
Another very good example of the use of IoT devices in smart offices is smart locks!
Whether to protect and track your assets in transit or at the office, a smart lock is the best way to go! Smart locks like KeyNIE, provide the users with the access controls and information through an application. This can be really helpful in managing the logistics of a company and also keep the assets protected.
3. Smart Homes
Almost any device you use in the home now has a connected smart version from light bulbs and thermostats, fridges to locks and ovens. Devices that sense the state of a room are widely available in the form of motion sensors, proximity sensors, thermostats, humidity sensors and more.
Last year saw the release of 2 major devices that brought a revolution in the field of smart homes. Google Home and Amazon Echo which have been a pleasant addition to the family!
Earlier the problem of synergizing and synchronizing different smart devices from different manufacturers was a difficult feat, which is now significantly eliminated.
'OK Google' and 'Alexa' are also examples of some brilliant achievements in this field.
Google Home and Amazon Echo are not just any speakers, they provide a well-functioning, IoT-based home ecosystem!
Forbes also presented in their report that, having smart kitchen could save the food and beverage industry as much as 15% annually.
It is particularly women, who are adopting the smart technologies in their homes. This may be due to lower energy bills, greater IT literacy and ease of use!
With the ease of use and easy management of simple household chores like cleaning the house, smart technology also provides better security devices for homes like- IP cameras and smart locks!
Products like KeyNIE, help protect your assets and keep your home secure with just a tap on your phone!
4. IoT supports Sustainability
Some of the major attractions for using IoT enable smart devices is that they are sustainable and are environment-friendly. This is how it works:
More energy is conserved:
IoT equipped offices and homes would reduce the energy consumption to a significant level by adopting smart lighting and smart temperature controlling devices.
IoT enabled technologies makes it possible to calculate the parameters such as the amount of energy being used and if the device needs to repair or replace. This would reduce the amount of e-waste as well as increase the recycling of the devices.
No surprise system and power outages would occur in an IoT equipped office or home. All such devices would be continually monitored and controlled.
This is the future that IoT brings with it. A more environmentally sustainable, more efficient as well as more convenient age of technology where people are consciously using technology in a way that is more tolerable and beneficial!
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