27 Apr 2017
An Office without Walls
Talk about dissolving the traditional boundaries of the office has been going on for years. 2017 seems to be the predicted year for office automation and technology to really, really take-off.
- Internet of Things
- Machine Learning
- Interconnectivity & Control
Data. More data.
The installation of smart devices will introduce the basics of Internet of Things to the office. Smart lights, virtual reality speakers, cameras and other devices are instrumental to the basics of a smart office.
Even printers and document management solutions can be revolutionised. With data accumulated from the usage patterns of these devices, they will then be able to track and record behaviour, learn and make deductions, and give data-based insights for more effective work.
Inventory tracking and management
Businesses that do warehousing, manufacturing and storage will massively benefit from this aspect. Put away remote scanners and other similar high-tech devices. In the near future, smart devices should be able to keep tabs on inventory changes automatically, saving time for workers to do other more cognitively demanding tasks.
For businesses that do not deal with physical inventories, remote work will be elevated to a whole other level – a world of new possibilities. With multiple devices wired into the same network, remote workers will be able to be more connected than before simply by tapping into a connected and stable network in your ’home base’, which in other words, is your office. Remote workers tend to be happier and actually more productive, since they are working from the comfort of a space of their own choosing. (Source: Forbes - 7 Ways The Internet Of Things Will Change Businesses In 2017)
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