B2B & Commercial IoT App Development
From AI-enabled colleagues to smart suits and intuitive desks, the Internet of Things (IoT) means there are at least 11 ways technology will revolutionise the workplace of the near future. Here they are…
While our homes and cities continue to adapt, thrive and evolve, it stands to reason that our working lives will also be disrupted by a modern makeover.
Recent statistics from TalklTalk Workforces 2025 report show that 19% of the people that they spoke to think they’ll be using virtual reality headsets to ‘visit’ customers I the next 10 years.
What will the smart office of the future actually be like? We’ve compiled 11 ways IoT technology will revolutionise your working life and disrupt our way of doing business.
1 – Less Boring Work
Data collection, more-informed decisions and a step away from tedious, time-consuming tasks are all benefits the office of the future will eb able to offer, thanks to the Internet of Things. For example, according to new research by Redstone Connect, 77% of UK workers say booking a meeting room is the most frustrating aspect of working in an office. From a productivity point of view, IoT should deliver significant impact on unnecessary downtime.
2 – Increased Deployment of AI
You’ve probably already interacted with AI, possibly with a chatbot on your smartphone, but could AI become a day-to-day colleague? If the recent hiring of artificially intelligent lawyer ROSS by law firm Baker & Hostetler is anything to go by, the answer is yes. ROSS can wade through huge amounts of data and identify correlations between old and current cases. AI systems could handle your research, calendars and even meeting room bookings.
3 – Enhanced Flexible Working
Locations and proximity won’t be factors, with 50% of the workforce expected to be remote by 2020. Planes and trains may even have designated working spaces. Rune Sovndahl, CEO of Fantastic Services, says, “Working while flying will become a new norm, with designated working are on board for people businesspersons.”
4 – The Death of Email
Smart offices of the future could reply less on email as the primary source of communication. As alternative platforms continue to offer more effective real-time collaboration, your clunky inbox will make for more integrated, instant and sociable tools, like Slack, Evernote and Trello which can be accessed via their dedicated apps on your smartphone. Recently PwC announced that it is going remove all landlines from office desks by the end of the summer, reflecting a shift to mobile phones. The shift to a ‘mobile-first’ culture is clearly already happening.
5 – Virtual & Augmented Reality Unleashed
Virtual and augmented reality will find a home in the workplace and exploit the power of mixed-reality technology. Tour weekday may strat with popping on your headset or smart glasses and your entire workspace appearing in front of you, including your computer screen, email/messages to-do-list and so on.
6 – Smarter Desks
Some technology companies are looking to incorporate the IoT to encourage workers to embrace physical exercise at their desks. Humanscale, for example is using IoT and data to make the experience of sitting at a desk more scientific and healthier. Sensors in their desks will send alerts when you’ve been sitting or standing too long. Companies will also be able to use the data to work our occupancy to determine hot desking/sharing. Staff will be able to load up the office’s ‘desk locator app’ to quickly find a free desk. Colleagues could also use the app to try and locate where certain individuals are located within the building.
7 – Wearables As Standard
Everything from Lumo Lift’s posture-correcting device through to CLIK’s language-translating earpieces could even become more common fixtures in the office. Even our clothes are set to become ‘smarter’. Samsung’s NFC Smart Suit, for example, enables wearers to unlock their smartphone and even digitally exchange business cards.
8 – The Voice-Enabled Office
Voice-enabled technology looks set to extinguish many annoying office issues. “For example,” says BlueJeans Network CEO, “BlueJeans’ meeting platform incorporates AI technologies, including Voicera’s real-time AI transcription assistant Eva, smart shareable whiteboards and voice-commanded meetings.
9 – Better Energy Efficiency
Buildings are responsible for 40% of the world’ energy consumption, so naturally, efforts are being made to address this and make them greener space. To this end, in the future, they’ll have sensors in the walls, ceilings and lights hooked up to a building management system that can be accessed and controlled remotely from a smartphone, a bit like HIVE. This will allow workers to control their environment responsibly via a simple tap of an app.
10 – Superior Security
Technology exists that enables you to keep an eye on things while you’re away with an app that links your smartphone to your security cameras. But this technology comes with its own issues. A spokesperson from ZyXel comments: “Human interaction with technology is often an organisation’s Achilles heel in terms of security, so processes will need to be strong.
11 – Cloud Computing
Cloud computing means you can now practically run your office from the web. Servers and external storage devices in the office will soon largely be redundant. Cloud computing continues to be, and will remain, one of the greatest advances in modern business and the workplace of the future. You can access and work on key office documents anywhere in the world now via dedicated business apps on your smartphone.
SMART OFFICE EXAMPLES
Some offices have already made great strides towards building a better working environment for employees who use them and making use of business app development solutions to improve productivity and make cost savings.
Majunga Towers, Paris
Workers at Majunga Tower wear smart badges that link them to the building management system. Upon arrival at the building, they connect to a portal which gives them access to a remote control on their smartphone or tablet. From the app they can select a workspace, book a meeting room or control their own environment
Open-plan offices have one major downfall: the lack of control a worker has over their environment. Arup have tackled this with its smart-desk approach. This sensor-fitted desk allows each employee to control the temperature and lighting in their immediate vicinity, and it will even switch off the monitor when they leave.
The Edge, Amsterdam
This award-winning office may well be the ‘smartest’ in the world. It contains a gym that contributes to the building’s energy supply, robotic security guards and toilets flushed with rainwater. Workers can control light, heating and blinds via a mobile app that also enables help with parking, locker access and even food ordering!
Check our blog post on B2C IoT app development and how the Internet of Things is transforming our homes.
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