As IoT devices become recognisable in businesses and offices worldwide, knowing how emerging Internet trends are developing is key to staying ahead of the crowd. Over 100 billion devices will be connected through the Internet of Things by 2020, so, utilising this enormous data collection to your advantage will help you keep control of your digital workplace, as well as your customer relationships and overall business model. It’s safe to say IoT is still yet to reach its full potential, so understanding how to make the most of IoT devices for your business or home life is the best way to stay one step ahead of these developing trends.

How do IoT devices work?

Put simply, the Internet of Things is made up of web enabled IoT devices which firstly collect, and then act on the data they gather from the environments they’re placed in. Generating enormous amounts of traffic, these devices  offer up real time information, which can then be used by consumers, business owners and even city planners to streamline their working days, effectively using our constantly connected lifestyle as a new, technology informed, type of education.

The Digital Switch: 3 types of IoT devices your business needs to know about Revolutionising your home life: consumer IoT devices

Perhaps one of the most exciting leaps in IoT devices is the variety with which they can enhance consumer technology. From smart alarm clocks to thermostats, sleep trackers to precision cookers, there’s a growing market of IoT devices ready to make every part of your life that little bit more simple. Think how much of your free time is taken up by simple life admin tasks. Whether it’s feeding the cat from your phone or controlling your playlist with a voice activated speaker, consumer IoT devices are continuing to make huge leaps as an emerging trend, making constant connectivity an automatic part of our digital lives.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the uses of IoT devices in our everyday lives, take a look at this blog.

Streamlining your working day: commercial IoT technology

When it comes to utilising IoT in the business world, there are many ways different devices can help streamline every aspect of working life. IoT devices are ultimately useful because of the way they capture, convert and analyse data; in terms of wide scale business deals, this can streamline huge amounts of customer information, which can then be turned into the most productive outputs possible. Let’s say you’re a retail company looking to bring back the clothing lines gaining the most interest from passing foot traffic. On-floor cameras tied to artificial intelligence can process visual analytics, meaning you’ll be able to better understand and anticipate customer reactions to the clothing lines you’ll be advertising next. In this way, IoT devices can make the working world much more efficient, all while enhancing customer experience.The Digital Switch: 3 types of IoT devices your business needs to know about

Connecting the workforce: IoT devices in industrial use

IoT devices are beginning to make waves in the industrial world, too. As well as ensuring different industries have the tools they need to get their job done as productively as possible, IoT devices can be incredibly useful in connecting multiple industries together. It’s estimated that IoT devices can help reduce energy bills up to 20% – as well as helping businesses cut down on the amount of energy they’re using, this will make your business model far more efficient, saving you money in the long run and dramatically reducing your outgoing payments.

In addition to the ultimate efficiency this creates, IoT devices have the power to help you manage your team as well as your outgoings. In large factories or plants, keeping track of your whole team can sometimes become impossible. Monitoring your team’s productivity through IoT devices not only lets you assess which members of your team are carrying out what part of their workload, but allows you to keep a watchful eye on their workplace too – and when it comes to protecting your team’s safety, this can be crucial.

How is your business taking control of emerging digital trends? No matter what industry you’re in, our expert team have the knowledge and advice you need to use IoT devices to the best possible advantage. Take a look at our cloud pages to find out more about the IT solutions that will revolutionise your everyday working life.

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