New advances in technology are continuously changing the way we live our lives from how we protect our homes to how we treat our illnesses. As we see with these innovations, technology is also changing our working lives, bringing greater security and convenience to the workplace.
August Smart Lock 2.0
Now you can turn any door into a smart door with this product. Just attach this device to your deadbolt and turn your office door into a smart device. Some of its most impressive features allow you to grant access to anyone by giving them a virtual key and the optional August Connect lets you control the lock from your computer or mobile device.
Nest Cam Outdoor
This is an updated version of the digital camera that has been approved for exterior use with an IP 65 rating against dust and water. The camera takes video at 1080p at 30 frames per second and can transmit the footage over a wifi connection. A high-powered infrared setting gives you images from up to 20 feet away at night. This makes it ideal for protecting an office building from trespassers.
Synology DiskStation DS115j
Providing NAS (network-attached storage), this device can answer a multitude of file storage and sharing problems. For additional space, it can be used in conjunction with cloud storage or invest in the 2-bay model. It can store anything from video surveillance footage to sensitive documents.
Insteon On/Off Outlet
This device looks just like a regular electrical outlet, except that it lets you maintain better control over power consumption. Each socket has its own on/off button, and the outlets can even be controlled via a mobile phone app with the optional Insteon Hub device. The Hub allows you to do more than simply manage the outlets. It also gives you control of other Insteon hardware and lets you control your devices through the Amazon Echo or Logitech Harmony.
Philips Hue White and Color Starter Kit
These LED bulbs can display up to 16 million color combinations, all of which are controlled via a mobile app. A bridge device that comes with the bulbs allows the user to control up to 50 bulbs and is compatible with Apple’s HomeKit. Individual bulbs are $60 apiece, but they last up to a full decade under normal office use.
New tech is helping us save energy and become more efficient in our careers. By adding devices such as these to the workplace, we can keep our workstations comfortable and secure. While each item may require a small investment, the benefits they bring to the office make the costs worthwhile.