Increasingly available technologies are enabling users to build digital connections among the things that surround us—the Internet of Things. Our smartphones have brought the internet to our fingertips practically anywhere we go, and today, internet-connected devices we leave behind can reach us there. Smart technology has brought our home security, climate, and electrical systems all together under one hub, allowing homeowners to easily control the functions of their homes, regardless of where they are. The same technology connecting conference rooms, waste management, security systems, climate controls, and more is starting to infiltrate the business world.
The future of the office space is one that is deeply connected to itself and the people who work within it, providing an environment that promotes flourishing productivity. Let’s look inside smart building technologies and how they are already influencing office spaces.
Preparing Meeting Spaces
Imagine being able to get a conference room ready for a big client meeting before ever stepping foot into it. Smart plugs and sensors can turn on conference room lights, warm up projectors, adjust temperatures, and even start brewing coffee with the touch of a few buttons, even if everyone is on their way to the office.
Measuring Waste and Materials
Sensors connected to a single smart hub can keep real-time track of both waste and material levels. Attach these sensors to waste and/or recycling bins, restroom supplies, or even office supply stacks to measure inventory. Knowing exactly when the printer is out of ink can solve a very age-old frustration among employees. This also goes for having waste bins filled to the brim before someone notices, or running out of supplies when they suddenly become needed. Smart offices allow managers to monitor all these variables and better approach how they’re handled.
Smart Employee IDs
Offices that employ the use of smart employee IDs get rid of standard keys and outdated keycard entry systems to implement a more robust security system. Smart employee ID systems can track access to restricted areas, while also keeping track of who is inside the office at any given time. IoT technology can even allow employers to rid themselves of any punch clock systems. You’ll know exactly who is inside the building at all times. Some systems may even interface with elevators or entry security to provide a seamless employee experience throughout the building.
Smart climate control systems can make an office’s energy usage extremely efficient. Software exists which allows facility managers to monitor energy usage in real-time. The HVAC can be programmed to turn on during work hours and turn off when the office is empty. Some installations even enable employees to control climate settings for their individual work spaces, which keeps everyone in the most efficient, comfortable setting to do their work. Even in an open office space, these smart climate controls can help businesses control energy expenses.
Quality Installation and Maintenance
Of course, the Internet of Things offers an incredible opportunity for a more connected workspace, but without a sturdy back-up plan in place, things can get a little haywire if the power malfunctions or the smart system experiences failure. It’s important to not only have the right deployment team handling the installation, but to also keep experienced techs on hand to perform any regular maintenance or unexpected break-fixes.
This is why DiverseNet exists: to connect reliable, professional technicians to the MSPs, vendors, or end users that need to rely on them in our increasingly tech-dependent world. Whether you’re a vendor looking for a team to install your product, a service provider looking for a way to provide better technical support to customers, or a technician looking to work with a great partner, we’d love to support your end goals.