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IOT: How to get a head start with 7 workplace solutions


18 December 2017:

Christian Curtis, Director – Next Generation Technologies & Strategies at Azlan UK takes a closer look at 7 customisable IoT applications available today

It’s fair to say that Internet of Things solutions have the ability to completely transform how a business operates. IoT is innovation-led meaning the better you can innovate, the better the business outcome. Organisations which fail to grasp this, face being left behind the competition. Most businesses need help understanding how to embrace the advantages that come with IoT and additional support to successfully implement connected solutions into their business model. As an IT provider, it’s important to start by understanding your customers’ most pressing business challenges and to look at creative ways to use IoT solutions to overcome these challenges. Don’t allow yourself to be constrained by traditional ways of doing things. Remember, you are looking for game-changing innovation.

How does having the right partner help?

All of this change can appear daunting, however, there no need to go it alone Tech Data Advanced Solutions can help to take an IoT concept through to a production-ready solution, capable of delivering a measurable return on investment. Over the last few years our focus on next generation technology means we have constructed an unmatched IoT portfolio of hardware, software and services.

In particular, when it comes to using IoT to improve the workplace, Tech Data Advanced Solutions can help partners get a head-start. For most organisations, workplace optimisation is a board level consideration that can have a major impact on the organisation’s overall profitability. As such we encourage channel partners to take and customise any of the following IoT workplace solutions:

1) Hot-desk utilisation – getting the right balance between the number of hot-desks and permanent desks is an almost impossible challenge without hard facts. Thanks to advanced IoT monitoring, it is possible to measure how frequently hot desks are used and for how long. Analytics can show usage over time, providing facilities managers with the ability to make evidence-based decisions to improve the utilisation of the space. Azlan can help enhance the solution so that employees can check their phone on arrival and immediately know where the vacant hot desks are located within a building. It’s straight-forward to seamlessly extend this IoT application to include car parking spaces

2) Meeting room utilisation – facilities managers are often challenged in knowing how many meeting rooms are needed and the optimum size for meeting rooms. Similar to hot desk utilisation, a workforce IoT solution can measure how frequently meeting rooms are used and the number of people in a typical meeting, meaning the correct rooms are being used each and every time, and teams aren’t left without a space

3) Workspace comfort level – no one likes to work in an office that is too hot, too cold, too stuffy, too crowded or too dimly lit. Being able to measure a range of environmental conditions to help ensure the office layout is optimised can boost productivity. With continuous monitoring, facilities managers have historical evidence-based data that can be used to continually tweak the workspace for optimum productivity. Workspace utilisation can make a huge difference to an organisation’s overall competitiveness. Not only is utilisation important, but office comfort can play a big part in employee engagement and productivity

4) Smart cleaning – a clean office helps productivity and sets the right tone with customers and employees. However, it can be resource-intensive to keep large offices clean. With a smart cleaning solution, you can measure traffic flows, usage, bin levels, etc. The idea is that you only clean an area as and when it needs it, meaning cleaning teams can be deployed more efficiently

5) Healthy water – organisations have to protect staff from Legionella, a pathogenic bacteria found commonly in water supplies. The risk of Legionella is highest where the water sits between 20° C (68° F) and 45° C (113° F) beyond a few days. Techniques for preventing Legionella vary, but most are highly crude and inefficient. However, with Devicepoint® for Healthy Water the temperature and flow of water in a pipe can be measured twenty-four hours a day. A digital application then sends an alert before there is a risk to the people in the workplace

6) Sensors – every deployment will have a slightly different requirement in terms of sensors. Azlan can help select the right sensors based on the project requirements as set out by the end customer. Everything from off-the-shelf to custom-made sensors can be sourced and incorporated into the solution. Typically, sensors offer long battery life, use low-powered wide-area networking for secure connectivity and operate on an ultra-narrow band radio frequency, giving the capability to penetrate through walls and floors with ease

7) Analytics – can be customised or fed directly into a building/asset management system, such as Maximo. Instead of a log being put into a filing cabinet, where it is out of sight and mind, analytics can be stored and used for monthly reports generated with greater accuracy for skilled facilities management. These reports can be generated in a custom format to exactly how they are currently produced, reducing the negative effects of change when adopting a new system.

Smart facilities managers are innovating with next-generation technologies to create amazing outcomes that have the potential to radically make the buildings people work in better utilised and far nicer places to be.  Working with Azlan your organisation can get a head start on the IoT technology required to help make the change. 

To find out more, contact the Tech Data Advanced Solutions next generation team or visit www.as.techdata.eu/uk/products_and_solutions/

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