VOIP and the Internet of Things: A Synergistic Relationship
Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase The Internet of Things. Discussions are heating up around this topic, but a lot of us are still trying to wrap our heads around the concept. What, exactly, is the Internet of Things and, when paired with VOIP technology, could it potentially impact how you work and live? Let’s start with the basics.
What is The Internet of Things?
To put it simply, the Internet of Things is the concept of connecting any device to the Internet, or to each other. This could include headphones, cell phones, engines, cars, and essentially, any device you could think of. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an interconnected group of devices or people. Connections can be between people, or between people and things, or even between things and things.
What Are Its Capabilities?
Imagine that you are on your way to a business meeting and you are running late. With the technology of the Internet of Things, your car would be able to navigate you according to traffic, and send a text message to notify other parties that you are running late. This technology can also sync work calendars with your email and cell phone, so you are connected with coworkers, whether or not you are physically at the office.
How Does It Benefit VOIP?
VOIP technology is a network of phone connectivity through a Broadband connection. With IoT technology, VOIP phones have the ability to connect to your work calendar, so you will always be notified of meetings on any VOIP device. With VOIP and the Internet of Things, the options are endless. You could even view the temperature in your home and adjust it, all from your VOIP device. VOIP devices streamline workflows and office communications, working in the background to keep employees and clients in communication from anywhere. Employee efficiency will greatly increase and workers will have the flexibility and peace of mind to maintain a steady workflow from any device, from anywhere in the world.
The Future of Office Workflows
With VOIP and the Internet of Things working hand-in-hand, office workflows will never be the same. Workers will have the flexibility of travel, and can reserve a desk at any office directly from their phone. Office equipment will maintain itself, notifying office workers when equipment needs to be updated. Workflows and communications will be streamlined and readily available from any location, increasing productivity and efficiency.
VOIP technology is ideal for any office looking to streamline workflows and increase efficiency, particularly among workers who travel frequently.