IoT Devices to Make Your Office More Efficient

September 21st, 2016 by admin

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IoT devices have incredible potential to make your office more efficient. Previously we’ve discussed the caveats IoT devices bring to the workplace a few times, but today we’re going to focus on how these devices can increase productivity.

It’s easy to fall back on the old mentality “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”—but many smart devices can streamline processes and save money in the long run.

Smart Fridge

At first glance it might seem overloaded with bells and whistles, but the staff at Forbes insists the smart fridge is a great idea. The primary function of the smart fridge is the ability to replace food when it’s running low directly from the device itself. Reporting when something is low and streamlining the replacement process can cut down on time spent on fridge inventory and the waste of infrequently used products.

The biggest advantage, though comes from the smart fridge’s energy savings potential. Simply put, it’s more efficient than that old clunker sitting in your break room.

Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats make it easier to control the office temperature and cut down on climate control expenses. Quartz recommends the devices for office settings on a diplomatic level as well: They can be used to crowd source the temperature setting during the work day. A famous study by the Campbell Soup Company found that thermostat temperatures have a correlative effect on employee productivity.

Smart Locks

Smart locks are one of those devices that add features you never want to have to use, but will be happy to have if the need arises. These devices connect to the office’s Wi-Fi network and can be used with smartphones for mobile access. Primarily, smart locks can be combined with electronic pins that are opened with a smartphone app instead of a physical key or 4-digit combo for tighter security.

In a pinch, you can use the application to unlock the door to let people in the office without actually being there. This can be helpful in situations where the “keyholder” is running late or off sick, or you need to allow weekend maintenance staff in remotely.

Smart Cameras

Smart cameras are a straightforward upgrade to your office’s existing security system (assuming you already have one). They’re relatively inexpensive, starting around $100 each, and offer fantastic protection against intruders. Some smart cameras can be programmed to recognize employees’ faces and alert you if someone unrecognized enters the office. You can also use the cameras to remotely check in on the office while away.

If you’re looking to make your office run “smarter,” contact the experts at MPA Networks to explore all the exciting possibilities of IoT devices. We’ll help you secure the devices on isolated secondary networks to keep your business protected now and in the future. That way, your staff can enjoy all the perks of IoT without worrying about the vulnerabilities.

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