Smart Automation In The Workplace

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Home Controls
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June 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM PDT June 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM PDTth, June 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM PDT

Convert your workplace into a smart workplace using smart automation products. There are many advantages in using smart devices at work because businesses can utilize them to simplify the office environment all while reducing utility costs.

Smart devices have become increasingly popular in our society to the point that there are more being manufactured today than they were in past. This means they’re more affordable, allowing big or small businesses the opportunity to improve their offices without having to worry about breaking the bank. Whether it’s an office or warehouse setting, there are numerous smart devices that could be used to automate various systems such as lighting, climate control, security, Audio/Video, and others.

Using smart automation products in the workplace will make life easier for everyone. Just imagine not having to worry about whether or not the lights in your office were left on overnight, or if you left your office door unlocked with important documents on your desk? These types of scenarios can easily be avoided using smart automation products.

Smart Locks

You won’t have to worry about carrying around an extra set of keys if you use smart locks at work. Smart locks are accessed with codes that could be created for each room in your office and with a smart controller, you can create specific scenes to control when they lock or unlock. This could come in handy in instances when you want to have certain rooms locked after business hours. You can actually create a scene that locks those specific rooms as soon as the security alarm is set, or at predetermined times of your choosing. Some smart locks can also be controlled with smartphones via a mobile app, which can send instant alerts to your smartphone notifying you when your smart locks are locked or unlocked.  

Wireless IP Cameras

As an extra layer of security, you can use small wireless IP cameras to see who’s entering your office when you’re not there. There are some wireless IP cameras that can be accessed with your smartphone using a mobile app, which will allow you to see real-time footage or recorded footage of what’s happening in your office. Some wireless IP cameras also have a built-in motion sensor and microphone that automatically records video when motion or sound is detected, and many of them provide a wide-angled field of view and record in full HD video (1080p) for crystal clear footage.

Occupancy Sensors for Lights

Leaving lights on in break rooms, copy machine rooms, bathrooms, office rooms, warehouses, and other rooms in your office could be the reason why your energy bill is really high. With numerous employees entering and exiting these rooms each and every day, the chances of them accidentally leaving the lights on are pretty high. A way you can eliminate this from happening is by adding occupancy sensors to these rooms. Basically, the way they work is by using motion detection technology. When someone enters a room and movement is detected, the lights turn on; and when the person leaves the room, the lights turn off since movement is no longer detected.

Smart Thermostat

When combining smart thermostats, motion sensors, and a smart controller, you’ll be able to control the temperature in your office without having to manually work the thermostat each time you want to lower or raise the temperature of a room. To do this, you’ll need to create a scene that turns your smart thermostat on when motion is detected in a room. For example, you might have a large training room upstairs that isn’t used everyday and you prefer to have the air conditioner off when the room is empty. By adding motion sensors in the room, you can have your smart thermostat turn the air conditioner on at a certain temperature when motion is detected due to someone entering the room, and you could have the smart thermostat turn off when motion is no longer detected. This will also help reduce your energy bill since you won’t have to worry about leaving the air conditioner on in each room of your office.

Wireless Alerts & Doorbells

Have you ever missed an important package delivery at work because your front door or back door was locked during business hours? This could be avoided by adding wireless alerts and doorbells to your office. Wireless alerts and doorbells usually consist of a receiver and doorbell button transmitter. Just place the doorbell button transmitter near your door and place the receiver in your office. The way these units work is when the transmitter button is pressed, the receiver gives an audible notification that someone is at the locked door. There are even some receivers that provide visual notifications with flashing lights. So say you have a small business and every Friday you hold a staff meeting upstairs and you have to lock the office doors downstairs. By installing one of these units upstairs, you can be notified by UPS or FedEx when they’re at your locked door.

If you’re interested in adding smart devices to your workplace, please don’t hesitate to contact us for free tech support and product advice. Home Controls is always willing to help. Just call our toll free number at 858-693-8887 (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific, Monday – Friday).