The Internet of Things

Posted on
Oct 16, 2019
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The Internet of Things is not a new concept, but it has definitely evolved over the past decade. Just a few short years ago, the Internet of Things was largely theoretical, referring to a time in the future when all of the different appliances in your home or office would be able to communicate with one another. However, in today's world, the Internet of Things is a real, tangible concept that can change the way you do business and live your life in general. 

What Is the Internet of Things?

In its broadest terms, the Internet of Things refers to any and all devices connected to the internet. These devices collect information and share it with one another in order to help the user gain insight and/or accomplish important tasks more efficiently. Almost any type of device can be connected to the Internet of Things, but some common examples include:

  • Video surveillance equipment: Surveillance cameras and other security devices can be connected to each other, as well as to the internet. Using this type of technology, you can monitor video feeds from any location that offers access to the internet. This equipment can also be linked to local law enforcement, alerting them in the event of an intrusion. 
  • Thermostats: Thermostats can now be connected to private networks, as well as to the internet in general. This allows you to easily alter the temperature settings in different parts of the building, even when you are out of the office or even out of town. 
  • Televisions: As more people are collaborating across the country or even across the globe, video calls are becoming more popular. Different screens in your office, including television screens and computers, can be equipped with video-chat software and used to connect you to almost anyone. This same technology can be used to collaborate with staff members who are traveling for business or telecommuting. 
  • Lights: Even simple devices like the lights inside and outside of your buildings can be connected to the Internet of Things. Using advanced technology, you can control the lights all over your building with the touch of a button, even when you aren't around. 

These are just a few examples of devices that can be connected to the Internet of Things to help you improve safety and productivity around the office. Depending on your industry and specific goals, you may want to invest in a variety of other internet-ready devices. 

Bringing Technology to the Workplace

The Internet of Things offers an array of potential benefits for any business. However, not every business will need to use this technology in the same way. In addition, because technology is always evolving, updates and changes to the way you use the Internet of Things will be required on an ongoing basis. For this reason, it is best to partner with a consultant who can help you optimize your use of technology based on your company's specific needs. Applied Software connects you with real-world experts who offer software, customized programming, training and more to help you make the most of technology. Contact ATSI today to learn more!

Topics: Internet