Be Ready for the Internet of Things at Your Workplace

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9 June 2015
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It seems that almost every day a new function, a new appliance or a new piece of equipment goes online. Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT), where ordinary objects are connected to the Internet, sharing information with you and about you to make your life easier. The Internet of Things is exciting, but most companies aren’t quite ready to take advantage of all IoT has to offer.  Is your company ready?

What Will IoT Look Like?

What, exactly will the Internet of Things look like in action at work? Let’s say you get ready for work and head out your front door, which locks behind you using a location-based app on your phone. As you step towards your car, the doors unlock, the car starts, your favorite XM radio station is turned on and your thermostat is set to a comfortable 72 degrees.  You head to Starbucks for your morning coffee which is already waiting for you and you pay with a single pass of your e-wallet. Your receipt is then delivered straight to your email.  You head back to the car, and your GPS instantly re-routes you because there has been an accident on your usual route to the office. You’ve got a meeting in 10 minutes, and despite your new route, you aren’t going to make it. Your phone instantly dials in to the company network and connects you to the meeting via a voice conference call.

When you arrive at the office, your hands are full with your coffee and phone, but you gain access to the secure building just by walking through the front door. The system knows who you are so there is no need to swipe your access card.  You make your way to your office, where the lights turn on the moment you step through the door, the thermostat adjusts to your preferred settings and the blinds are perfectly placed to block out the morning glare.

Is Your Office Ready for Hyper-Connectivity?

The above scenario isn’t that far off into the future. Building and smart-home automation systems are already allowing for improved security and greater energy efficiency. E-wallets are eliminating the need to carry cash and credit cards on your person, and GPS-enabled systems can track workers through their daily activities, granting and restricting access to data and hardware based upon location.

In order to be ready to manage all of this interconnectivity, IT infrastructure and security must be in place. Wireless devices and wearable technology must be able to be used securely onsite and off, and there must be protocols in place for both daily access and remote access to mission-critical systems and hardware.

The only way to make the Internet of Things work for your office is to have the right team in place that can deliver seamless interconnectivity and ensure security. If you are a looking to build an innovative internal tech team that will keep you on the cutting edge of trends like IoT, and will keep your systems safe and secure, OnBoard Recruitment Advisers  can help. Our professional recruiting team has built an extensive network of highly skilled big data professionals and big data/analytics professionals, and we know the industry inside and out. If you are looking for a recruiting partner with a proven track record of success, contact us today to learn more about our process and our results.

 

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