IoT and AI: Smart Office of the Future

Feb 16, 2017

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Just imagine your working space recognizes you are sitting down at the writing table. It automatically adjusts the desk height, regulates the light, heats the chair and dims the noise level. The computer filters your appointments and makes a research on complex issues for you on the Internet. The office of the future is simply smart.

A rapid technological progress provides humans with the opportunity to work whenever and wherever they want.

Rising competition and growth pressure lead to an increase of demand for creativity and team-oriented innovation processes in enterprises.  Thinking outside the box is as much requested as never before. Hence, a classic office is the thing of the past.

New technologies for greater flexibility

New technologies are changing the way we work. Humans are used to technologies that assist them to drive a car, operate electrical devices, and communicate with friends and family more intensively.

After all the years of frustration and unhappiness about monotony in office, humans want changes. They expect more autonomy, creative self-expression and freedom to decide where and how to work. The constantly growing technological advances additionally boost this development.

After the introduction of smartphones, tablets and wireless internet access enabling to work remotely, offices were expected to disappear.

The majority of us, however, still work in an office. The reason is a social activity: possibility to exchange with others, and, of course, to use the technologies that can’t be carried around so easily.

Offices haven’t disappeared; they are just turning into something completely new.

Co-working spaces

It is, therefore, no wonder that so-called shared working spaces are becoming more and more popular.

Freelancers, start-ups and project teams can rent an innovative shared office for a day, a couple of weeks or a year.

Co-working spaces provide a greater flexibility. Team members can work together on their projects regardless of time and location.

Besides, co-working can help to reduce a constantly increasing commuter flow. People living outside urban areas have to drive to company’s office in a city. Building co-working spaces in suburbs could solve this problem, as modern technologies allow employees of the same corporation working from different places.

Improved efficiency due to Internet of  Things

In the future, offices are expected to consist of personalized workspaces that are tailored to the needs of every single employee and can take better account of their individual differences.  All this thanks to IoT.

IoT can detect where exactly in a work environment the efficiency can be increased. Sensors automatically manage individual workspaces and the light; turn the heating and air-conditioning system off as soon as the employee leaves the working space, so the energy consumption will be optimized.

Artificial Intelligence as a smart assistance

There is no doubt, that AI will play an important role in the future concept of workspaces. As an example, the technology is perfectly suitable for text typing by voice recognition, enabling significant time-saving.

A further possibility for a successful AI application is represented by search engines, as they analyze a huge data volume before they provide users with the required information. The same applies to AI based image recognition and Big Data Analytics.

All in all, the office of the future is inspiring.