From buildings to appliances to automobiles, the Internet of Things (IoT) is connecting nearly anything you can imagine to the web. Central to this idea is that life can be improved by connecting devices to the internet to send and exchange location information, usage statistics, sensory data, settings, and more.
Among the most popular IoT applications are smart home devices, which not only communicate with the internet, but with each other. Such devices allow owners better control over their home by amplifying security and streamlining energy management. Devices like the Nest Learning Thermostat boost home energy efficiency with savings averaging 15% on cooling and 12% on heating bills.
Aside from consumer applications, IoT devices are also going to have a massive impact on the business world. A recent Forbes article reported that Rolls Royce aircraft engines contain sensors that send real-time data to monitoring stations on the ground. This information is used to detect malfunctions before they become dangerous, and possibly prevent certain causes of aircraft disasters. Microsoft uses software that collects data on what features are being used most often, so they can strip away the least popular ones.
Video conferencing is another IoT business application that fits perfectly into this new world of device interconnectivity. BlueJeans video meetings are contributing to the IoT evolution by supporting intelligent Huddle meeting rooms that can identify an individual’s meeting schedule, specific room bookings, and automatically launch meetings when the host enters the room.
How communication, collaboration, and connection are affected
As the two technologies—video conferencing and the IoT—merge, businesses will quickly discover new, more efficient ways to bring teams together worldwide and more effectively manage and engage employees. Remember, wherever there’s a screen with an internet connection, there’s an opportunity to speak face-to-face with your customers, colleagues, and partners.
Technology that works around users
With a cloud-based platform for managing user data, video meetings in the IoT world are facilitating communication seamlessly across mobile phones, laptops, and multi-vendor room systems. This way, the status of each device can be monitored in real time eliminating the expense of having people on-site to manage conference room equipment.
Where is the IoT going in the next 5-10 years?
With innovation moving at the speed of light, a recent BI Intelligence report projects that 34 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. Additionally, nearly $6 trillion will be spent on IoT solutions over the next five years.
With literally hundreds of companies already linked to the IoT, the list of eager participants is only set to expand. The large influx of IoT devices will allow companies worldwide to enhance employee connectivity, as well as share product usage information - all to drive workplace communication, business efficiencies and employee productivity to new heights.