|Smart Office Devices
|To geek out and build a smart office, you need to understand what the IoT (Internet of Things) is. In short, IoT is a network of devices that can exchange data over either a wireless or wired network. For example, with the right equipment you can ask Alexa to turn the lights on, lock your door, or turn on a faucet. All those smart devices work in the IoT.
The buzz is that 5G is close! This faster connectivity will allow IoT technology to expand and even more become a part of our everyday lifestyles, which is sure to make smart office devices more readily available and reliable. Bigger companies have been using smart devices for a few years, so now it’s time for the rest of us to upgrade our office spaces. Smart tech attracts young professionals and makes work life easier!
Low cost investments in smaller smart devices like office lights, HVAC, appliances, security, and window shades can cut utility costs and make a property manager's job easier. By adding other smart office devices like smart boards, work stations, and conference room equipment, you can also help your tenants save time and money.
|Upgrading your conference rooms to use smart technology can be a big benefit for your tenants. Replacing your traditional white boards with smart boards can boost collaboration between different offices, streamline processes, and improve productivity in meetings. Many newer offices even offer built-in video conferencing to easily connect coworkers, prospective customers, or partners who are across the state or across the country. Adding software to book/schedule meetings in the conference room via the web can help eliminate frustrating overlap or double-booking confusion between coworkers and other tenants.
If you’re outfitting office spaces, consider using smart work stations. Adjustable height desks which allow individuals to change position keep workers more active and give flexibility for coworking locations. Some work stations can even remember user preferences in order to adjust automatically.
We always hear, "If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it." While this might be true in general, the investment in smart technology, in addition to just being cool, can actually save money. Smart lighting, HVAC, and appliances can be pre-set and monitored to see where additional cost-savings can be found. Smart locks and security systems let you monitor building access remotely and can reduce the need for after-hours site visits. Smart conference rooms and work stations improve employee productivity and communication. Office parks that offer these high-tech solutions can let staff work smarter, save money, and help their tenants be more profitable and efficient, too.