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Building a Smart Office: Smart Strategies to Note

Just like how businesses and industries are evolving, workplaces are adopting different changes and innovating existing features. Offices that do not conform to the modernity and breakthroughs of the world run the risk of becoming obsolete. With that, you need to invest in the development of your very own workplace.

When people talk about modern offices, they usually have images of open spaces, natural lighting, and contemporary furniture in their minds. Some may even think of buildings that have armed contract security teams. These are true, but modern offices are also smart – they are fitted to intelligently and efficiently complement the needs of the occupants, which include you and your employees.

If you want your office to evolve and become a smart one, you need to understand that the process may be detailed. However, it will be worth it in the end. To help you with your planning, here are some of the things you may want to remember:

Update your employees’ work stations

Your employees are the primary beneficiaries of your office upgrade, so the changes should start with their work stations. You can replace their old tables with smart desks. These automatic and tech-enabled desks can quickly adapt to the preferred working style of employees. Employees can press one button on the desk, and the whole table will automatically adjust its height and even tilt the surface forward for more suitable ergonomics. Those who have been sitting for a long time can quickly work while standing since they can make the desk taller. For a more comprehensive approach to your office, you can also have smart desks and tables in your conference room.

Upgrade your security features and video monitoring

Generally, new video monitoring features can be used to implement security and observe the working environment of your office. When it comes to this, new video monitoring equipment will allow your camera to work flexibly, giving you more wide-angle clips of a particular zone; some may even have advanced zoom features that do not compromise the quality of the clip. There are also some security cameras whose clips can be easily stored in the cloud. That way, you can easily access these assets should the need arise.

On top of these, you can tighten the office’s security by installing locks that can only be opened using biometrics. Motion-sensor lights can also serve as another security feature, especially in sensitive areas, such as server rooms and archiving sections.

Add light and climate control

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Energy and utility usually represent a large share of a company’s monthly overheads. To help you curb your utility usage, your office can use intelligent climate and lighting control. Such systems can figure out or detect employees’ preferences and patterns in usage, resulting in an appropriate regulation of temperature. Some HVAC systems and thermostats can even be controlled via a mobile app or browser. You may also want to use the same technology for your lighting systems.

Make use of voice control

Sometimes, pressing buttons and keying in codes can take time. So why not use your voice instead? You can use AI-enabled voice control systems; these digital assistants can help you book conference rooms, track your meetings for the day, and even play a song. You can go for voice-activated assistants, such as Alexa for Business.

Get it done!

A smart office will not only make your workplace a sophisticated and comfortable space to work in. It may also help you streamline specific processes while increasing productivity. With this in mind, isn’t it the right time to revamp your office space and go for a cool change?

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