IoT and Energy monitoring at the workplace
The Internet of Things is slowly seeping into every part of our lives, providing our surroundings with much needed respite. In a world that’s suffering from global warming and depleted resources, IoT enabled smart homes, smart cities and smart offices are clearly the needs of the hour. ‘Smart’ spaces are places that employ specialized devices that are not specifically meant for an internet connection, but are embedded with a WiFi connection chip in order to collect information and collaborate for efficient and streamlined solutions.
Like homes, offices have an excellent opportunity to conserve energy. So what CAN you do for a Smart Office? It may sound intimidating but the truth is that IoT give you a plethora of options to be a part of this promising development.
Electricity monitoring: The biggest and easiest way to conserve energy in your office is to keep a close eye on the electricity consumed. Normally, it would be a hard task that involves going to the meter reading room and record readings so that you can check usage and ensure that you’re being charged appropriately for it. IoT simplifies things a lot. You can now monitor meter readings with a Wi-Fi connection and an IoT enabled device that checks utilization and billing for you. This way, the margin of error is practically nil.
Remote access: Since IoT makes remote access possible, it can be employed to control resource usage from a remote location. So if you’re a boss who travels a lot, you can still ensure that energy and money is conserved the way you want it to be.
Traffic and Parking spaces: IoT can be tremendously useful in monitoring traffic and providing a feed on the traffic flow in real time. Offices can help employees find the quickest route to work to avoid tardiness. In a similar vein, information and statuses of parking spaces will ensure convenience and proper utilization of allotted spaces.
Solar energy: Solar energy is a wonderful and potentially inexhaustible source of renewable energy that can easily power an office. However, on ground, there are a lot of difficulties to using it at the optimal level. Firstly, any renewable energy source like solar power faces fluctuation with changes in the environment. For e.g., on a cloudy or rainy day, the usable solar energy produced would be considerably less. The power grid and the connecting components of the system will need to be adjusted accordingly. With IoT in the picture, this is no hard task. All of these obstacles can be handled with a WiFi connection and an IoT enabled device. Thousands of solar panels in the grid can be adjusted without moving from your seat.
Rainwater harvesting: Water conservation is an option that many environmentally conscious leaders would love to consider in how they run their offices. Rainwater Harvesting is the most cost effective way of conserving water and can be IoT-ized to make it a lot easier and efficient. Many IoT device companies have seen the benefit in streamlining the system. Simply put, rainwater harvesting is much easier when weather forecasts, wet-weather discharge and onsite irrigation system information is collated and used to optimize collection of rainwater.
Clearly, the future is headed towards environmentally sustainable technology. Every day, people make the decision to contribute and accelerate this future. Will you be a part of it?