The IoT era is here.
The Internet of Things (IoT) – a global network of connected devices and products which enables more efficient processes and services – is rapidly transforming the way in which we interact with each other and the built environment.
From highway networks and smart metres to lighting systems, air conditioning systems and CCTV cameras, the IoT is connecting the disconnected. It has triggered a new wave of digital disruption in the places in which we live, work and play.
In 2017, homes are connected. You can turn on the kettle from the comfort of your bed through an app on your smartphone while smart metres monitor your household’s energy usage, transmitting real-time readings to your energy supplier that lead to lower and more accurate bills. In-built sensors can alert your thermostat of the temperature outside, triggering an automatic adjustment to the internal temperature based on your pre-programmed heating preferences.
Cities are also connected. Embedded sensors produce vast volumes of data which authorities can use to better monitor asset performance. From CCTV cameras observing traffic congestion to strategically-placed weather stations that produce interactive pollution maps, Connected Cities are empowering decision-makers to react more perceptively to changing urban conditions. This allows them to create and maintain a more sustainable, liveable and intelligent environment for their citizens.
Likewise, buildings are connected. At the office, lux sensors detect sunlight and gradually adjust the light levels around you so as not to disturb your body’s circadian rhythms – all the while saving energy and creating optimum working conditions. Meanwhile, analytics software monitors the ongoing performance of the air conditioning systems. The data generated allows facilities managers to observe long-term energy performance and detect potentially costly future problems. At the same time, infrared sensors in waste receptacles inform cleaning staff of rubbish levels to improve the efficiency of waste management, while location services software allows your colleagues to find people, places and things within the building, helping to increase both productivity and workplace satisfaction which leads to bottom line improvements.
At The Dock, Accenture’s global innovation, R&D and incubation hub in Dublin– we have designed, delivered and connected all of these systems and integrated them through our own IoT platform. The data generated drives a living service which empowers building users to take control of their local environment through a bespoke mobile app. This IoT connectivity has transformed The Dock into the Workplace of the Future – a physical manifestation of the ways in which the Internet of Things is digitising our world.
These IoT innovations are just the beginning. Financial return has begun and is increasing.
As the workplace becomes the frontline for attracting and retaining top talent, we can expect to see more and more IoT capabilities being integrated into the built environment – our workers demand it!
As such, the future of our spaces belongs to innovators who dare to make full use of modern digital technologies to connect and enhance their world.
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