Internet of Things in offices

More office space is equipped with innovative control systems. The dynamic advance of technology enables implementing Internet of Things solutions in  offices, in order to automate our office space, i.e. through sophisticated control systems. In 2020, the IoT market size is expected to be worth 1,5 trillion dollars. The Polish market on the other hand is worth 5,4 billion.

- Intelligent office is a space, where we install numerous devices, which adapt to the current situation within the given premises. Take illumination for instance. It can adapt to the number of people in the room, the time of day or the weather conditions which occur at a particular moment – explains in an interview with Newseria Innovation Robert Strzelecki, Vice-president of TenderHut, which developed the Zonifero office management system.

Intelligent buildings more often cooperate with the energy systems, allowing the opportunity of creating, storing and utilizing energy more efficiently. This is confirmed by a report called ,, Internet of Things Spending Guide’’ elaborated by IDC, which predicts, that in 2018 the amount of investments concerning the IoT in Poland will reach 3,6 billion dollars, and in 2020 5,4 billion. Investing in IoT solutions in our offices can lead to significant cost reduction.

- Our company may reduce expenses, which are being incurred at the moment. These savings can be related with using the office or office equipment as well. As an example we can point out different sorts of sensors, which are installed directly in the office or in the vicinity, like the external walls of the office, in order to receive information, how to optimize the usage of our equipment within the office space – explains Robert Strzelecki.

The so called cobots – collaborative robots are nowadays becoming more and more popular within the office space. According to the analysis performed by Research and Markets: ,, Global Collaborative Robots Market Report Insights, Opportunity Analysis, Market Shares and Forecast, 2017 – 2023’’, the global collaborative robots market is expected to grow annually at a 60% rate to reach 7 billion dollars in 2025. Additionally, according to research performed by Pirxon, only 2 % of companies in Poland use robots in their offices.

 - In the near future, robots may support us within the office space. At this moment we can observe efforts in order to communicate people from distance. Robots, equipped whit tablets, which view a particular employee, move across the office, in order to interact with other workers. In the next few years we can expect, that some activities within the office, such as cleaning, will be performed by robots – says Robert Strzelecki, Vice-president of TenderHut.

More and more Poles prefer remote working. According to the research ,,Remote working – my answer is Yes’’ performed by Kantar Public Institute, 57% of Polish workers want to work remotely, 25% expresses their interest in working remotely full time. The majority of people surveyed would like to work in this manner for a couple of days a week. The so called ,,Home Office’’ can be an intelligent working space as well.

- Intelligent illumination, internet or cloud services, in order to manage out nearest surroundings, like opening doors, gates are the activities, which can be automated and used in our home office at this moment – says Robert Strzelecki.

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