In the now connected age, IoT has become the breeding ground for digital transformation to enable your everyday objects to detect, analyse and communicate data. Thanks to the explosion of more sophisticated devices on the market, smart homes are becoming a reality. But smart tech isn’t only for the home, in today’s blog post Brintia looks at how businesses can start taking advantage of this technological revolution and apply what we now find in our homes to our organizations. The number of connected devices are proposed to reach a staggering 42.6, compared to the merely 15 billion connected in 2015.

The global smart home market is reported to reach a value of more than 53 billion US dollars by 2022.

 

What Can IoT Do For Your Business?

Optimized collaboration. Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reported that the number of UK employees who have moved to remote working has increased by nearly quarter of a million in the last decade, with half of the UK workforce expected to be working remotely by 2020. The shift to a more dispersed work environment calls for a change in companies collaboration strategies.  Skype and video conferencing were just the start, new technologies like the Microsoft Surface Hub was built with teamwork in mind with all employees being able to add their ideas to a digital whiteboard, connect to multiple devices wirelessly and video conferencing.

In our last IoT blog post we looked at Beacon technology and how it can help transform your office.  New, innovative technologies like iBeaconand Bluetooth low energy can be used to implement sensors in conference rooms, which detects who enters and leaves the room, used specifically for companies to manage their spaces more efficiently.

 Improved security. Smart technology offers a more cost efficient and intuitive security solution. We’ve all heard of the use of facial recognition cameras and wristbands instead of key cards, but what other security technology is out there?

  1. Smart lock ensures your office space is secure and untouched when everyone has gone home. Your smart office starts at the front of the door. The lock turns your average door into a smart door using a deadbolt, with a set of physical keys being sent to your home. You can even unlock the door with your smartphone! The smart revolution is being sent to your business.
  2. Ring video doorbell sends an alert to your smart phone to let you know who is at the front door, this will then take you to a live video stream where you can talk to the visitor via a two-way communication before letting them in. It also comes equipped with video settings, motion sensors and night vision.

 

Task automation. Many smart devices have built in Machine Learning solutions which makes them even more adaptable and intuitive.

  1. Amazon Echo (take a look at it here) can be used by businesses in communal spaces and meeting rooms, they can be synced with other intelligent devices to control smart light bulbs and other smart technologies. It uses voice recognition to receive tasks and save specific ones to different people’s profiles.
  2. Bekin instant switch (take a look at it hereallows companies to monitor energy usage and control the electrics of a company from anywhere in the office. You can turn devices on and off, set alarms and agendas and connect it to other devices.

 

IoT For Smart Businesses 

Smart technology makes for smart companies and IoT is now the epicentre of companies digitalization as it continues to save them both time and money and provides an environment where they can work harder, faster and more efficiently. The introduction of new technologies like BYOD and wearables means employees can access company data from remote locations and whenever they need. To ensure workers are provided with only the best user experience possible, companies are ensuring laptops and smart devices are equipped with everything from wireless and Bluetooth, and perhaps 5G soon too?

It is also important to respond to this on mobile devices whose significance has grown over the years, providing apps that accommodate even basic functions like printing on the go, communicating with colleagues more easily and accessing company data. Through the interconnection of all these devices the importance of security control has increased significantly, with many businesses now investing in smart security measures like wristbands to enter specific rooms, voice control, fingerprint authentication and increased log in entries to different devices.

As technology evolves, so do business models, strategies and the way employees work and companies must embrace this new wave of opportunity in order to succeed.

What Can Brintia Do For You?

In Brintia, we understand exactly what IoT is, and we promise the implementation of innovative business solutions and the optimizing of customer service with our solutions. Including Blockchain, Azure IoT Edge & Azure IoT Hub.