IoT or the Internet of Things may seem to be all about self-driving cars and products that focus on the consumer, but its industrial uses are changing the way we work as well. Basically, IoT is inter connectivity of physical devices embedded with sensors which allows them to exchange, send and receive data. Embedded technology has already infiltrated the workplace and is changing the way we work. To gauge how IoT technology might evolve the workplace, let’s take a look at its impact on current work processes.
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1 – Working Remotely
Inter connectivity supplemented by initiatives like BYOD (Bring your own Device) environments allows the employees of today to work remotely. And since inter connectivity has now gone beyond smartphones and computers to incorporate other objects, remote access is now reaping more benefits.
Embedded objects, once connected to the internet, have the capacity to send and receive data on their status and even related to their environment. Remote access for IoT technologies have a ton of potential for the organizations whose integrity lies in the reliability of their hardware. For example, consider a sensor embedded piece of factory equipment that sends alerts to a factory employee’s smartphone if it heats up too much. As soon as the alert is received, the employee in question can take immediate remedial action wherever he happens to be.
2 – Data Driven
Interconnected data will produce a ton of data at a time, a torrent of it if you will. How this data is managed, stored and processed will also have an impact on how we work. To keep up, companies will have to rethink how they deal with a new form of data intelligence. On t
he brighter side, professionals like data strategists, analysts and even customer service will have more valuable roles to play in this regard.
3 – More Time Saved
Mobile technologies are designed to get to know your patterns to provide better services. Think banking apps that save your last transactions and spare you time to figure out how much money you spent. IoT devices pretty much work within the same principles. Popular mobile devices like
Android and iOS are expected to interact with a range of sensors designed to provide you valuable data right through an app on your smartphone. Any tasks done with them will be resolved faster than if done manually.
For example, with sensor embedded objects, even buying breakfast on the way to work will take significantly less time than if you have to wait in line for it. Consider wireless sensors that detect when you walk into a diner and send you notifications about meal discounts for the day. You
can either order the discounted item or choose a different one right from your smartphone in minutes or without waiting for your turn to order.
Sensor embedded technologies are still in their early stages. But if experts find ways to harness their potential further, it could have a great impact on the workplace of the future.
Clark is a senior project manager in an IT company. He has 7 years’ experience in the field of project management. Currently, he is working on a big project of IoT apps development. He is leading a team of 10 professionals.