Imagine an AI-enabled workspace that is smart enough to adjust lights and temperature, greet visitors, set up meetings and even order a pizza.
Just like the computer on Star Trek, its cyber brain can answer curly questions spoken into the air, and update you on the atmospheric conditions (commonly known as weather and traffic). And, crucially, it can learn new skills to aid productivity and improve everyone’s working day.
It sounds like a futuristic fantasy, but this Enterprise technology is already in use in Australia. She’s called Alexa, and she’s putting the smart into six brand new Smart Suites in Brisbane’s premium Waterfront Place office building.
Alexa is the voice assistant connected to Amazon’s Echo home automation hub.
Dexus’s groundbreaking use of Amazon's artificial intelligence system in a commercial setting marks the latest shift in our use of the internet. Alexa can gather data and use it to create the environments we want in a way that’s being called “the Internet of Things (IoT)”.
In their first workplace application, Alexa and Echo control the Smart Suites’ array of intelligent features including ClickShare streaming, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Sonos music streaming, Yamaha in-ceiling speakers, automatic blind controls, iPad air controls and motion sensors.
In the US, Alexa is already a familiar feature in millions of homes, allowing families to use the Internet of Things (IoT) to control lighting, temperature and security systems remotely from their smartphones. That’s along with an impressive portfolio of extra skills such as ordering Uber and letting you know about the latest news.