Think of smart technology and it’s probably devices such as the Amazon Echo (better known as Alexa) that spring to mind. While these kinds of innovations may not have obvious uses in a business context, you’d be surprised by just how much the latest tech could be helping your business to run more efficiently. Here are some of the ways your business could benefit from smart technology:
Save money on heating…
As a small business, keeping your overheads to a minimum is vital. Smart technology such as the Nest Learning Thermostat can help you make significant savings on your energy bills by monitoring daily habits in your office and adjusting light and heat accordingly. Not only does that save you money, but it’s also a great way to make your business more sustainable.
With Hive Smart Lighting, you can control your office or warehouse lighting from an app on your phone, making it easy to turn the lights off if they’ve been left on unnecessarily, for example. To improve office security, you can even configure it to turn lights on and off automatically when you’re not there so that it looks as though there’s someone in the office.
A cheaper alternative to CCTV
On the subject of security, it’s a major concern for any business, and smart technology is making it easier and more affordable to monitor your premises from anywhere, 24/7. Rather than having to invest in costly CCTV – prohibitively expensive for most small businesses – you can now buy cheap, internet-enabled cameras that do the same job for a fraction of the cost.
A good example is those offered by Kuna, which allow you to view your office or any other place of work on your phone, from wherever you are. Some even allow you to set up alerts and record security footage. In a similar vein, another great bit of smart tech is the Ring Video Doorbell, which alerts you via your phone when someone’s at the door and starts a live video feed that allows you to interact with them before you open it.
Other security gadgets
Smart alarm systems are another example of how smart technology can improve the security of your business premises. Working like traditional burglar or fire alarms, smart alarm systems are connected to the internet and alert you via your phone. Replace office keys with virtual keys like those from August or RemoteLock and you’ll be even more secure, locking your premises from your phone and giving employees keyless access to the office so that you’ll never have to worry about a key getting lost and falling into the wrong hands.
Improve your productivity
We began this post by mentioning the Amazon Echo, and we’ll end it by pointing out some of the ways in which these virtual assistants can help improve your day-to-day productivity at work. Whether you’re using them to dictate notes, schedule meetings or manage your To Do list, devices like these are a fun way to speed up mundane tasks and improve your efficiency, freeing up more time to concentrate on the things that really help to grow your business.