The Internet of Things (IoT), formerly known as machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, is becoming the new workplace essential. The workplace needs to stay ahead in a world where smartphones, smart vacuum cleaners, wristbands, coffee pots, and thermostats are commonplace.
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), 1.3 billion employees see themselves as mobile workers. That’s 37 percent of the workforce, and it is projected that 1 trillion internet-connected devices will be hooked up by the year 2025.
Stay on top of your routine
While robots or avatars take care of routine tasks, people are empowered to better manage their work lives. We already see the nuances of IoT with cars equipped to sync with mobile devices and fingerprint-scanning technology on the newest iPhones. As this trend progresses, you could have one device that locks your door, starts your car, lets you know by your location if you are running late to a meeting, and automatically calls ahead to let attendees know.
Beat data entry fatigue
As more devices are connected, manual entry will no longer be necessary, which will give you more time to focus on ways to use that data.
IoT will present new opportunities for growth and will change the way you work by saving time and resources.
- IoT will virtually and physically change how meetings are conducted, including video conferencing and virtual travel. Prior to meetings, IoT can give you automatic updates to help you prepare from wherever you are.
- Geographically tagged internet-connected devices will save time and decrease company losses.
- IT departments will have access to remote control of other internet-connected devices.
Whole industries will be changed and some may be eliminated with the evolution of IoT. Workplaces should be prepared to utilize new resources and be willing to make changes.