As the world enters a new era of technology its impact is slowly showing itself in all areas of our lives. The ramp up in recent years is primarily due to advances in processing power and other hardware advancements that make achieving the unreachable achievable through smart devices.
The improvements in technology across the board make the idea of full technological integration into business a necessity rather than a leap before the edge.
The big buzz technology that everyone is talking about is artificial intelligence because it has the ability to potentially revolutionize every industry in the world.
AI fused with the power of automation has lead to some important developments that can directly impact your business in an absolutely magnitudinous way. However, there are many technologies, such as the autonomous automobile, that have not been perfected and are far away from their development goals.
These early AI innovations would not help a business and are not suitable for integration into a business.
So what devices using advanced technology should you use for your business?
In this article, we are going to examine useful smart devices that could greatly impact your business and that should be enveloped by your business immediately.
1. Personal assistant AI
The tech space is filling up homes and businesses quickly with the proliferation of smart assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. These devices are huge productivity boosters as they help to absorb some of the mundanity of everyday work tasks like dictating emails or keeping schedules conflict free. They can be used for a whole host of other useful things like taking notes and setting conference calls.
In short, these smart devices free up your employees so that they can focus on more important work and complete their mundane tasks faster. They are also fairly affordable and easily transported.
The assistants also act as a great entry point into the world of AI and can completely boost productivity while at the same time making your business cool by having the latest thing, much like emerging technologies like blockchain.
2. Smart security
The technology industry has made a bevy of innovations in the security space as it becomes more important to keep a safe space. Devices like smart cameras can monitor indoor and outdoor spaces while streaming the camera feed right to your computer or smartphones.
For those with a physical business location these devices can be incredibly invaluable as they allow you to monitor your business wherever you are and whenever you want to.
In a similar vein, smart doorbells and locks are becoming more popular as the usefulness becomes more apparent.
The smart doorbells allow you to see who is at the door and even converse with them through your smartphone. The smart lock allows you to control the locks on your doors with your smartphone or computer and adds an extra layer of security that can help you relax at night when you are away from your business. Technology has brought forth these great smart security devices that are essential for a physical business and they are improving all of the time. As a first step into the world of smart devices you could not do much better than smart security.
3. Smart comfort
There is nothing more important than a comfortable working space that is well lit and cool. Luckily, there are smart devices for making your workspace more comfortable such as smart thermostats and lighting systems. These devices are a necessity for any business owner with a physical workspace or retail space.
Devices like the Hue Lighting System by Philips allows you change the intensity and color of the lights in your building.
This helps with energy efficiency and working as the correct lighting can make all of the difference. The same can be said for smart thermostats that can be controlled from anywhere and even has remote sensors that can detect where it should cool or heat next. The advantage here is clear as a well conditioned room is the perfect way to increase productivity and happiness in your business.
Whether you want a more efficient employee, or just a better place to work, smart devices can help you achieve all of your goals.
Keeping your physical location comfortable and safe has never been easier thanks to the smart technology and IoT that is now integrating itself into video monitoring and air conditioning.
The use of AI driven personal assistants make operating a breeze and leaves you open to do more important work than physically drafting emails or writing with a calendar feverishly. These quality of life improvements will make your business more comfortable and a better place to work.
Technology is coming to invade our homes and businesses. It would be beyond prudent to jump on this daring technological revolution before your competitors leave you in the very literal dust.
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