How smart are you?

Or to put it another way. How many smart devices did you use/interact with yesterday?

From being woken up by a smart alarm, using the office app to book your meeting room through to your home being at just the right temperature when you return from work, the Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly integrated into our daily routines.  

And it’s not just personal use; from care homes through to logistics operations, it’s hard to think of an industry or real estate sector that doesn’t have reliance on a good internet connection and the devices that use them.

The following list highlights some of the IoT devices that we might encounter in 24-hour period – with some being more mainstream than others right now. How many are you using?

Waking up

  1. Smart alarm clock: Gently rouses you with a customisable, gradual increase in light and sound.
  2. Smart thermostat: Monitors and adjusts the room temperature to your preferred setting as you wake up.
  3. Smart coffee machine: Prepares a freshly brewed cup of coffee, timed to coincide with your morning routine.
  4. Smart phone: Check your messages

Getting ready

  1. Smart mirror: Displays news, weather, and calendar updates while you get ready for the day.
  2. Smart shower: Preheats water and adjusts the temperature to your preference, conserving water and energy.
  3. Smart wardrobe: Suggests outfit combinations based on the day’s weather and your personal style preferences.

Commuting to work

  1. Smart car: Provides real-time traffic updates, optimises route planning, and offers predictive maintenance alerts.
  2. Smart bike: Monitors your cycling speed, distance, and heart rate while providing turn-by-turn navigation.
  3. Smart public transport: Offers real-time scheduling, route planning, and occupancy updates for buses, trains, and trams.

At work

  1. Smart office: Manages room bookings, lighting, temperature, and security access via IoT sensors and devices.
  2. Smart desk: Automatically adjusts height and ergonomics based on your individual preferences and posture.
  3. Smart collaboration tools: Facilitates seamless communication and information sharing between remote team members.
  4. Smart sustainability metrics: Measure, manage and monitor emissions

Returning home

  1. Smart door lock: Allows keyless entry using your smartphone and notifies you of any security breaches.
  2. Smart lighting: Adjusts brightness and colour temperature based on the time of day and your personal preferences.
  3. Smart home entertainment: Recommends films, television shows, and music based on your viewing and listening habits.

Going to bed

  1. Smart sleep tracker: Monitors your sleep quality, duration, and patterns, providing personalised recommendations for improvement.
  2. Smart bed: Adjusts firmness, elevation, and temperature to provide a comfortable and restful night’s sleep.
  3. Smart air purifier: Actively filters and monitors air quality, ensuring a healthy and allergen-free environment.

As Sophie Ramsden wrote last week you can’t have an internet connection without a wayleave.

At Cluttons we have successfully agreed thousands of wayleaves in recent years and are well-equipped to guide clients through the intricacies ensuring a seamless and beneficial experience for all parties involved, ultimately saving you time and money. Our team of expert wayleave surveyors can support our clients in managing the relationship with the landlord and/or fibre provider, including agreeing the fibre route and overseeing the build process.


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