What if you could automate your office environment, with lighting that responded to the time of day, blinds that closed automatically and climate control that not only kept workers at the optimum temperature but also lowered your business power bills?

Smart technology means this level of comfort is no longer the stuff of futuristic films, but rather an average day in the modern office, with everyone from boutique businesses to giant corporations embracing smart technology to improve their office realm.

So, why would you consider a smart office? Well the short answer is the benefits are extensive. Here’s an insight into what smart technology can offer business and the office environment…

What is a smart office?

The smart office unites the needs of a business and the requirements of the individuals working within it using technology to make the physical environment intelligent and adaptable to company workflows.

It allows routine, everyday tasks within that environment to be automated to improve the experience for workers and also offer a better business bottom line.

At its simplest, the smart office saves time, enabling workers to concentrate on their job, but the upshot is an office environment that is more comfortable, more intuitive and allows for better efficiency, productivity and economy.

And there are a number of key ways this takes place:

  • Through the automation of routine tasks
  • Through an office environment that automatically caters to comfort via automated and individualised lighting, temperature control, and ambience.
  • Through automated scenes that allow the office environment to transition from one stage of the day or event to the next.

So, let’s walk through some smart office scenarios.

Smart lighting

Lighting has long been linked to office productivity, with the tone and brightness of lights impacting worker’s fatigue levels, concentration and even health.

The smart office allows automation of this lighting and individual control, and it works like this…

Using sensors, the smart office can determine the ambient level of light and respond accordingly, dimming artificial light, brightening it or even changing the tone. It can do this throughout the office, in specific areas, in stages across the day, or on individual command for a very specific area.

Feasibly that means that smart lighting can better cater to all workers within an office environment or respond at one desk to suit an individual worker’s needs.

Smart temperature control

The temperature of the office environment can be one of the most contentious issues for office workers, with a recent study finding 42% of people think their building is too warm, while 56% think it’s too cold.

Temperature has also been linked with productivity and general welfare, with conditions that are too warm leading to fatigue, while a setting that is too cold results in tense muscles, poor posture, illness and general discomfort.

Smart climate control allows the office to respond to the prevailing conditions intuitively, altering the temperature depending on the time of day, the warmth of ambient light and the even the individual officer worker’s preferences.

Smart ambience

Whether it’s a retail outlet, or an open space office, ambience has the ability to transform an environment from cold and foreboding to warm, welcoming and work conducive, and in many ways this is what the smart office does bets, using a number of features that work together.

These can include smart speakers that channel music to select areas of a building, automated blinds that block or maximise available natural light, and the lighting and temperature control mentioned earlier.

And in a truly smart office this happens through automated scenes.

Scenes

Scenes see a series of smart features enact at once. In the office that may mean the blinds begin to close when the afternoon light streams in, the lighting begins to alter, and the temperature drops a degree to help office worker’s through the afternoon slump.

Scenes also allow that meeting in the boardroom to be effortless. So, imagine the meeting is scheduled in a Google calendar. The smart hub of the office knows the meeting location, and prepares the boardroom in advance – closing blinds, setting the right ambient lighting, turning on temperature control and sending SMS and email reminders to everyone who should be in attendance.

When the meeting commences, a quick voice command then sees all video conference attendees contacted and they are displayed on the boardroom screen as the lights dim for better viewing.

A scene could make closing the office for the day intuitive. At 5.30pm, the main office lights shut off, climate control shuts down and smart locking sees various areas of the building secured. Sensors may then detect some office workers are still at their desks and leave specific lights on to suit.

Smart electricity monitoring

While all these features are being controlled, the smart office is also monitoring and using less electricity. Sensors can detect which areas of the office are in use and which are not and shut down lighting and temperature control in unoccupied areas.

Monitoring allows management to understand where power is being consumed and use strategies to reduce this consumption.

Meanwhile, using features like automated blinds and lighting, the natural environment can be maximised to reduce power consumption.

The benefits

Together these smart features allow for an office environment that is more responsive to both the worker’s needs and those of the business.

And the upshot is an office where:

  • Workers are happier, healthier and more productive
  • Everyday actions are automated, allowing workers to concentrate on their jobs
  • The office environment intuitively responds to the daily workflow
  • Energy consumption is reduced

About Lera

Lera Smart Home Solutions is a leading installer of smart home technology in the greater Sydney region. Our team boasts over 20 years’ experience in IT networking, programming and the electrical industry.

We have sourced the most reliable and cost efficient solutions from around the world to provide the very best in smart home solutions, and work with our clients to understand their needs.

You can learn more about transforming your house into a smart home here, or contact us directly for further advice.