The Internet of Things connects loads of everyday appliances, providing a better, smarter world. Most IoT devices use the Internet Protocol (IP) to provide better functionality and information.
With the Internet of Things, the value proposition of VoIP services will only broaden. It is making an impact on the world of VoIP by providing businesses with even more functionality for their phone networks.
VoIP can serve as a part of the IoT mechanism to control remote devices. The technology's great capacity to transmit information from one point to another reliably and securely will only expand the data flow of an Internet of Things system, and bring immense upside to VoIP users by adding a level of digital intelligence to devices that would otherwise essentially be inanimate.
Let's look at some major VoIP & IoT Integration opportunities and examples, set to be the future of VoIP:
Smart Home is one of the first technology arenas where an IoT and VoIP combination could make a real difference. The comprehensive interconnectedness of VoIP devices and other household devices will facilitate the control of home security, lighting, and many other things.
Let's take a look at some examples of how IoT can work in the background using a VoIP phone system to automate smart home services:
A refrigerator takes an inventory of all its current items. The connected appliance then sends a list to a shopper's VoIP phone to inform them of what they need from the grocery store.
When connected to VoIP numbers and devices, cars can notify their owners when they require a mechanic service.
VoIP allows businesses to work at any location and from any device. When connected to IoT, this ability will be maximized by connecting IoT and VoIP, so businesses can build smart offices that allow them to significantly improve their efficiency and performance.
For example, your on-the-go workers can connect their VoIP softphone with office equipment like printers, fax machines, and desk phones, so they can utilize office resources from anywhere to remain productive.
Security and Access
VoIP can keep any location secure and control access to the facility in question.
IoT imaging devices, like IP security cameras and door access systems, can be configured as VoIP endpoints and be called from any internet-connected device.
These security devices can also be set to automatically call and notify IP phones when any security events occur.
For example, when visitors arrive, a door access system connected to the VoIP network can initiate a call to notify users to decide whether to allow or restrict access.