In many industries there are tasks that can be carried out remotely, or set on a timer to free up human resource from being physically present at all times. Performing office work from home involves an internet connection and a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to be able to access the office network, and surgeons can even operate on patients remotely, to help medical professionals in other countries without the same training.
In the domestic arena too, there are many tasks that used to require a physical presence in the home, such as turning on lights, adjusting the thermostat and checking the contents of the fridge. Nowadays with smartphone apps able to control many of the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) connected devices, you don’t even have to be at home to answer the door, or check whether there are ingredients for dinner in your fridge.
This control over domestic security and infrastructure is also applicable to the business and commercial sectors, as there are very similar concerns shared across all sectors. A premises monitoring system, which might cover security alarms, lights and heating as well as fire or flood sensors, can stay connected to you via your smartphone meaning you are always aware of what is happening at your business, whether you are just out at a meeting or lounging on a beach halfway around the world.
With monitoring systems that provide email or text alerts there are no more nasty surprises, like returning from a holiday to find your premises has burnt to the ground and your staff didn’t know how to break the news, or coming in early one day to find a burglary in progress. Of course, no one wants to get bad news like this, but it’s far better to be aware as soon as possible so action can be taken and a contingency plan enacted.
Being connected via your smartphone at all times means you can get an overview of what is happening at your premises even when you are not there, allowing you to check when the alarm was set, by whom, and whether there are any doors and windows left open, that should have been closed. Unfortunately, the technology to close those doors and windows from an app is not quite there yet but it’s being worked on!
The enhanced degree of connection you have with your business premises when you use an app supported system, gives you peace of mind that your premises and staff are safe and sound even when you are not there to keep an eye on things. For more information about connected systems and the benefits please get in touch with us on 01905 799949 and we can match a system to your requirements.