The Internet of Things (IoT) has been playing a growing role in the modern workplace. IoT technology aims to connect as many devices to the internet as possible, for the purpose of transmitting sensory data from these devices, or for controlling them remotely.
Here are 4 ways in which IoT is being used in the workplace.
Monitoring equipment issues in the workplace
Many devices in the workplace such as printers and lighting are already connected to the internet so that they can be accessed remotely by employees. IoT allows these devices to also transmit information from their sensors to office managers who are in charge of taking care of office equipment. For example, if a smart light bulb in the office has become inactive or is malfunctioning, information about the device’s status can be remotely conveyed to office managers. This smart bulb can then be scheduled for repairs or maintenance as soon as the problem is detected.
This saves office managers the trouble of manually checking equipment for problems and ensures that equipment problems are swiftly identified.
Tracking equipment location
Many electronic items in the workplace are also being fitted with IoT tags that transmit location data. This allows employers to track the locations of expensive devices that were issued to employees to use at the workplace.
This speeds up the amount of time it takes employers to find stolen or misplaced devices and improves their chance of recovery.
Learning about employee activity
Devices with IoT that are located in various rooms in an office building can transmit usage data to employers. This data can provide employers with information about when a particular device is being used.
This information can then be used to remotely infer which rooms are being used most frequently by employees, and which rooms are being underutilized. This knowledge can be put towards redesigning the office to have a more evenly distributed layout.
Inventory management can also be made easier with the help of IoT. Traditionally, inventory in warehouses had to be manually checked in order to verify stock counts. However, if warehouse stock items are fitted with RFID tags with IoT integration, each item can be tracked remotely.
This item location data can also be used to infer the total number of items stored in a particular part of the warehouse, or the number of items being transported out of the warehouse. Such data can be used to identify and get rid of bottlenecks in supply chains.
IoT integration in the future IoT may be integrated with other emerging technology such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, robotics, and blockchain in the future. Companies can utilize the combination of these technologies to improve productivity at their workplaces and minimize resource waste.