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There’s no way around it: the internet of things is slowly but steadily changing every aspect of our lives, and for the better. One place where we would absolutely welcome some changes is on the work floor. Agreed? Let’s take a look at these 5 ways in which IoT will definitely change the way we work.

1. Increase in productivity

There are many ways in which internet-connected devices can boost the productivity of your employees. Mainly by simplifying micro tasks. These are little formalities that need to be done everyday but actually don’t belong in anyone’s job description. Think about restocking the fridge, adjusting the thermostat or checking the weather. IoT can provide a solution for all of the above. For instance an internet-connected thermostat which automatically adjusts the temperature based on time of day. Or a fridge that automatically places an order when it’s almost out of refreshments.

2. Safety improvements

Just now, there are prototypes of wearable sensor devices available which can be used to improve the safety and wellbeing of your workers. These wearables are mostly used at workplaces like large construction sites where it is very difficult to keep track of the location of every worker and where he or she is working on. You can track their condition from a far distance by looking at their movements. Or in some cases, if they suddenly stop moving for a disturbingly long time. This way, you can act almost instantly when something seems to be out of order. And there are already even more advanced versions which are able to check up on data like the user’s respiration and heart rate.

3. More/better data gathering

With the help of the Internet of Things we’ll be able to collect more and better data from each and every corner of our business. This is not only the case for big production companies, but for (small) retailers as well. By installing little beacons that connect with the customer’s smartphone through Bluetooth, shop owners will be able to map the route that each individual covers in the store. This way, for example, emergency exit routes can be streamlined and optimised for each individual store.

Long story short, the use of these IoT devices translate in less trial-and-error and more precise and up-to-date information, which can be used to improve the customer experience and service alike.

4. Get anywhere faster

IoT will have a great impact on your daily commute as well. Through the interconnectivity of cars, roads and mobile devices, your travels we be much faster. With the collected data of daily traffic, IoT will for instance be able to reduce or even completely prevent traffic jams by adjusting the traffic light operations to the current traffic situation. This amazing technology enables you to get to work much faster and makes your business trips less tedious.

5. Better collaboration

The last one is a very obvious one. IoT nowadays mainly helps people to stay in touch with each other - be it in the same room or in a whole other continent. There are cloud-based services like Google Drive and our very own AllThingsTalk Cloud which make it easier to share information, documents and so on. Also think about video conversation applications like Google Hangouts and Skype.