Modern offices all over the world are undergoing a transformation thanks to continued technological advancement. It’s impossible to imagine any office today without email, and yet the first computers weren’t introduced to the office until the 1970s and 1980s, meaning that the technology which seems so essential today is incredibly young. The growth engendered by computers and technology at large is exponential, and it’s transforming offices into smart offices thanks to something called the Internet of Things, or the IoT. Explore with LEO how smart office technology is likely to impact the future of workplaces.
What Does IoT Mean?
You may not have heard of this term quite yet, but we promise that it’s worth knowing about – you’ll certainly hear more about it in the coming years. It’s also a pretty easy concept to understand. At its most basic, the Internet of Things refers to technology that’s connected to the internet in addition to taking all ‘things’ in the world and connecting them to the world wide web. Think of your phone before it was a smartphone – it didn’t have a lot of functionality besides the prerequisite calling, texting, and maybe the game ‘Snake’ if you were lucky.
By turning the mobile phone in an internet-enabled device, possibilities have opened up far beyond the imagined: it’s now a portable TV, planner, work companion, health monitor, and hundreds more things. Now, more and more ‘things’ are becoming internet-enabled, from speakers and thermostats to toasters and coffee makers, creating the Internet of Things.
Smart Office Technology
Just like our homes becoming smarter, seemingly by the minute, so are our offices. The office space has always relied on technological infrastructure, encompassing all the hardware, software, networks, facilities and more, for day to day operations. Workplaces have been self-optimising for years through tech and software upgrades to increase productivity and bring more ease to the working day – the IoT aims to embed this functionality even further into the modern office.
Digital assistants that have taken over the home, are also beginning to take over the workplace. Alexa for Business, for example, is loaded with more than 10000 skills that enhance the office and can connect a network of devices across locations. From setting room temperature, to autodialling into calls, and managing workplace calendars, Alexa for Business is proving that it can take on and deliver on small jobs in the office. Other ways that IoT is influencing the office is through security – using smart tech and applications you can get rid of outdated pass systems, and replace physical badges with digital ones. Other improvements coming down the line include things such as smart furniture – standing desks that understand people’s preferences and adjust to their needs automatically.
Remote and flexible working has revolutionised the working week for many and, thanks to technology and serviced offices, more and more companies are offering this opportunity to their employees. Office presence is no longer the primary measure of dedication and productivity, with workplaces actively trying to combat presenteeism, by embracing remote work. Intelligent networking solutions allow employees to seamlessly connect to central databases that are needed for work, without setting foot in the office.
Ease of Administration
Administration is the vital but tedious underpinning of any business. It’s no wonder that the IoT is making a range of administrative tasks easier to complete, with the help of intelligent database designs. Companies can take advantage of automation that will keep track of inventory with granular precision, order supplies through voice command, manage calendars, plus so much more. We are currently at the infancy stage when it comes to office IoT, though our homes have been undergoing the transformation for a few years now. The same functionality can be expected for the office – giants like Microsoft are already ahead of the curve when it comes to incorporating ever more sophisticated IoT functionality into the workplace, with the rest of the world closely monitoring their progress.
Productivity and efficiency
When it comes to embracing the IoT, one of the main advantages is the vast amounts of data that can be used for insights, learnings, and growth. Much of IoT technology is aimed at improving workplace efficiency by minimising human error, as mentioned above, and easing the need and frequency of manual task completion. Learning is a central IoT tenet that’s going to get better with usage, enabling quick and intelligent analysis for improved performance. Strong digital cultures, supported with the correct tech and software, tend to have higher rates of productivity versus workplaces that lack innovation, making a strong case for future-proofing offices today.
The IoT will undeniably make up a part of modern offices, and companies like LEO are already embracing the future. We aim to bring our customers state of the art technology that integrates seamlessly into your day, so all you have to do is connect with Wi-Fi and start working; we provide all customers with virtual and remote assistance, IT support, and 5MB dedicated bandwidth though this is just the start. Explore the full range of our facilities and browse LEO’s range of luxury serviced offices.