How the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing life at home and at work
On your way home from work, you get a text to pick up eggs , not from your wife, but from your refrigerator. The office supplies repairman shows up at your door to replace a belt in your printer that is wearing out. You didn’t call him; your printer did. Your microwave does your coworkers a solid by refusing to warm up Trish from Accounting’s leftover fish.
Okay, maybe that last example is still a pipe dream, but with the Internet of Things (IoT), almost anything seems possible. Smart home (and office) technology is changing how we live and work, with IoT devices talking to us—and to each other—in order to improve our day-to-day lives. While automation systems have become increasingly more intuitive and innovative, they have more on their intelligent minds than just simplifying routine tasks. They’re benefiting families and businesses in much more meaningful (and cost effective) ways.
A safety ‘net for your home and office
A dryer that let’s you know when your lint build-up is becoming a firetrap. Sensors that light up the parking garage when you arrive at work and send an elevator down to get you. Detection apps that text warnings of smoke or gas leaks whether you’re on-site or away from your home or office. Many intelligent home and office devices are built specifically with your safety in mind, monitoring and self-diagnosing what you can’t see, alerting you to dangers around the corner and proactively addressing issues before they become hazards. Along with protecting your house and workplace, they keep an eye on the health of your family and workers as well, particularly the elderly, with blood pressure monitors that send reports directly to hospitals, apps that remind you to take or refill your prescription meds, and more.
Always on guard
The IoT is making it easier (and more affordable) than ever to monitor your home and office from just about anywhere from your phone or tablet, and remotely control your door locks, lights, or security cameras with a simple click. Whether you use a professional or DIY system, you can install your home with door and window sensors, indoor and outdoor cameras, video doorbells, smart locks and an automation hub that communicates with all of them. And these security devices don’t just keep the bad guys out; they also help you let the good guys in. Amazon and Wal-Mart are currently testing direct-to-fridge services, where a delivery person enters your house via pre-authorized one-time pass-code, and puts away your groceries as cameras monitor their activity. And you can be sure that other convenience-driven services are sure to follow.
Energy (and bottom-line) efficiency
A huge driver of IoT adoption in the home and at the office is the reduction in electricity bills. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 30% of the energy used in an average commercial building is wasted. Intelligent thermostats, such as the Nest, allow users to remotely control the temperature of their heating and cooling systems. Motion detectors integrated with your lighting systems can turn on or off as people come and go. Intelligent management systems can also detect failure or degradation of equipment and schedule maintenance repairs or new parts as needed, keeping your office operating at optimum energy levels.
Are you ready to put the Internet of Things to work for your home and your office? RCN Business Managed Services can help your office operate safely, securely and efficiently, with a host of smart choices in products, solutions and contract options.